RICHMOND -- A Contra Costa County jury deliberated for about three hours Tuesday before convicting a Vallejo woman of murdering her son's father outside his Pittsburg home in 2010.
Jennell Wright did not react when a court clerk announced she was guilty of first-degree murder for lying in wait and fatally shooting County Connection bus mechanic Andrew Le'Mar Green on Feb. 23, 2010.
It was the second trial for Wright; a jury last year convicted her of shooting into an occupied vehicle but could not agree on a verdict as to the murder charge. She will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole at a hearing yet to be scheduled.
Green's mother, Lucinda Jackson, broke down in tears when she heard Tuesday's verdict.
"It's just sad ... sad because it didn't have to come to this," Jackson said outside the courtroom. "They have a beautiful son. There's nothing that could not have been worked out. Every day, parents separated and divorced work together to commonly raise their child."
Wright sneaked up on Green as he was sitting in his car and shot him three times at close range because she was upset that he had found love with another woman and that he was seeking more time with their 3-year-old son Savion, prosecutor Lynn Uilkema said.
On the day of his death, Green told his mother that he wanted to hire a lawyer for the custody battle; he was worried that Wright would harm Savion, Jackson said.
"I miss him; he was a gentle soul," Jackson said of her son. "But the one who lost the most here is Savion. Savion is not going to have a mother or a father.
"I'm going to make sure he makes it," the grandmother said. "He's going to grow up to be everything his father wanted him to be."
Wright returns to court March 15 to set a sentencing date.
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