GOLDEN — A Jefferson County jury this morning found Michael Blagg guilty of first-degree murder and other counts in the 2001 shooting death of his wife, reaching the same conclusion a Mesa County jury did 14 years earlier before juror misconduct wiped out the conviction.

The verdicts, reached at the beginning of the fourth day of deliberations, were read in court about 10:35 a.m.

Blagg was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was lead out of the courtroom with his hands behind his back, in handcuffs.

Marilyn Conway, Jennifer Blagg's mother, wiped tears from her eyes and hugged lead prosecutor Trish Mahre after the verdicts were announced.

Blagg was also convicted of abuse of a corpse, related to the discovery of Jennifer's body in the landfill in June 2002, seven months after she disappeared from the family's Redlands home. He was also convicted of two counts of theft for filing a false insurance claim about jewelry he claimed was stolen from the home.

The now 55-year-old was convicted in 2004 but was given a new trial in 2014 after juror misconduct came to light.

Blagg is also suspected in connection with the disappearance of his daughter Abby, who was 6 when she disappeared. Her body has never been found.

Read the full story in Friday's Daily Sentinel.

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