November 13, 2008
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In a Dougherty County courtroom just after 3:00PM, Ronnie Faircloth was found guilty in the 2007 murder of his estranged wife.
He was immediately sentenced to life plus 10 years.
Prosecutors say 46-year-old Faircloth shot and killed his wife of 27 years, 42-year-old Norma Faircloth at her Nottingham North Apartment in September 2007.
The jury deliberated about two hours before delivering their verdict. Faircloth showed no emotion when the verdict was read.
The Faircloth family wept in the hall outside the courtroom after their father was sentenced.
"I think they are pleased with the verdict," said Dougherty Assistant D.A. Chris Cohillas. "That justice has been handed down for the death of their mother. But I can't imagine what other feelings they have got. Now they have lost two family members."
Faircloth testified in his own defense at the end of the trial, claiming he sold the gun that killed his wife two years ago. That gun was found in Lake Chehaw 13 months after the murder.