An Illinois man who rigged a shotgun to a rope attached to the door of a shed on his property in 2018 has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of another man who tried to enter. The Southern Illinoisan reports that a Union County jury convicted 48-year-old William Wasmund Thursday of both first-degree murder and aggravated battery for the death of Jeff Spicer. Testimony during the trial showed that a man who lived nearby found Spicer deceased Sept. 16, 2018 on Wasmund’s property. Prosecutors say Wasmund set up the booby-trapped shotgun, which fired and struck Spicer when he tried to enter the shed. Wasmund’s defense attorney says the verdict will be appealed. He’s set to be sentenced Dec. 16. ___ Information from: Southern Illinoisan, https://www.southernillinoisan.com Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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