Michigan man convicted of killing neighbor while she cleared snow

Posted at 6:25 AM, Oct 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-16 10:35:01-04

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man accused of killing his neighbor while she cleared snow has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

Wendell Popejoy is set to be sentenced on Nov. 5. Popejoy faces a mandatory life prison term without the possibility of parole for the December 2017 killing of Sheila Bonge.

The jury in Ottawa County Circuit Court deliberated nearly three hours Monday before reaching its verdict.

Police say Bonge was shot while clearing snow from an easement that she and neighbors used to get to their driveways in Crockery Township.

Members of her family found her body under snowfall down a hill behind Popejoy's house. He shot her in the back of the head then pushed her body down the hill on a sled.

After his arrest, Popejoy told police that Bonge was a "nuisance to the neighborhood" and the killing was a "snap decision."