HARRISBURG – James Burns, 56, of Brookport will be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. March 2 in a Saline County court after a trial jury found him guilty of murdering Thomas Condon in December 2004.

It was the second time Burns was tried for Condon’s shooting death. He had pleaded guilty in an initial Saline County court case in 2006 and was sentenced to 45 years in prison. The court case decision was reversed by a state appellate court, which found a required mandatory supervised released term not included in the decision.

Burns was allowed to re-enter a plea, and he pleaded not guilty. His trial began Monday and ended with a jury verdict Wednesday. Special prosecutors from the state, David Rands and Edwin Parkinson, tried the case, said Saline County State’s Attorney Jason Olson.

Burns was arrested in late December 2004, two days after Condon’s ex-wife found him dead in his Harrisburg home. The victim had been shot in the back of the head with a small handgun more than two weeks before his body was discovered.

Burns was reported to have done remodeling work for Condon in his home. Authorities got a warrant to search Burns’ residence after Condon was found dead. They collected evidence, which included a handgun with the victim’s blood on it and clothing belonging to Burns, also contained Condon’s blood.

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