Jacob Rogers, 27, was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide while armed by a jury in Racine County Felony Court Thursday in the shooting death of his friend Andrew “Drew” Jones over $100.
Rogers was also found guilty of possessing a firearm by a felon. The jury deliberated for about an hour and returned the guilty verdict just after lunch, said Racine County District Attorney Rich Chiapete.
“Nothing will bring the victim back, but I hope that this will bring some solace to the family that there was some justice here,” Chiapete said.
Rogers and his girlfriend Katelyn McGraw let Jones stay with them at their apartment at 522 3 Mile Road after they lost custody of their newborn baby because she tested positive for drugs, according to Jones’ brother Latimar Jones. Andrew was the godfather of the little girl.
But after the couple lost custody of the baby, Jones went to Rogers’ apartment the night before the shooting because Rogers had threatened to commit suicide.
Racine Police were called for a report of a shooting at 9 a.m. March 2. When they arrived, they found 27-year-old Andrew Jones, of Kenosha, dead on a couch from several gunshot wounds. While officers were in the apartment they noticed it was wired for video and sound, and they were able to see Rogers shoot Jones several times, turn to walk away and then turn back and fire at Jones several more times.
Chiapete plans to ask for a life sentence in the case at the sentence hearing, which is set for 9:30 a.m. April 15.
“Rogers executed his friend over $100 and emptied an entire clip into him,” Chiapete said. “He hit him at close range seven times. I plan on asking the judge for a ‘life means life’ sentence on this.”
Another man, Jacob Albright was in the apartment at the time of the shooting. He told them he was asleep when he heard the first shots. He woke up and saw Rogers with a gun in his hand and Jones bleeding on the couch.
Albright, 27, of Racine, was also charged with harboring and aiding a felon in connection with the shooting death of Jones. He faces up to 20 years in prison and/or up to $50,000 in fines for allegedly aiding/abetting a fugitive and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Albright admitted to police that he took the gun from Rogers and hid it behind a gas station nearby. When officers searched the area, they located the firearm. A plea/sentence hearing has been set for 9:30 a.m. Feb. 19 in front of Racine County Circuit Court Judge Michael Piontek.