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Justin Stratton verdict

Published On: Mar 06 2014 05:01:46 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 07 2014 01:59:21 PM EST
First degree murder charges 2-7-13

From left to right: Harold, Holtsclaw, Stratton.

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. -

Justin Stratton, one of four people charged in the 2011 death of Gary Couch has been found guilty of First Degree Murder and has been sentenced to life in prison

The defense rested its case after closing arguments on Thursday.

Around six o'clock Thursday the judge sent the jury home. Today was the fifth day of the trial day.

Ginger Holtsclaw and Ashley Harold also face murder charges.

Anthony Phillips testified against Stratton on Tuesday after agreeing to a plea deal.