- Associated Press - Friday, April 5, 2019

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York man has been found guilty of murdering two former classmates whose bodies were found in a burned-out car.

After deliberating two days, a Rochester jury Friday convicted 20-year-old Mason Earle of first-degree murder and arson for the deaths of 20-year-old Alexander Burrow and 18-year-old Bruce Kane. All were graduates of Brockport High School.

The victims’ bodies were discovered behind a warehouse in Hamlin in September. Both had been shot before their car was set on fire.

The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester says authorities last fall linked the killings to marijuana. At the two-week trial, prosecutors said Earle killed Burrow over a debt.

Earle’s lawyer says he maintains his innocence and will appeal. He could receive life in prison without parole at his sentencing May 2.

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