After seven hours of deliberation Friday, a Dickson County jury convicted James Denver Case of felony murder for the October 2011 shooting death of John Edward Travierso Sr. and Judge Robert Burch handed down the automatic life sentence. The seven-woman, five-man jury also convicted Case of the lesser charges of attempted aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated robbery and Burch set a sentencing hearing for Aug. 30 on those counts. The felony murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence, which means the 26-year-old Case will not be eligible for release for at least 51 years. At least twice Case rejected an offer by prosecutors to plead guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for a 15-year sentence. Prosecutors said Case and his half-brother, 30-year-old William Dallas Forrester, broke into the Travierso home on Robin Hood Road on Oct. 22, 2011, with the intent of stealing drugs from John Travierso Jr. When John Travierso Sr. fought back against the two masked men, investigators said Forrester shot him once in the abdomen and the 47-year-old died the following day. In February, Forrester pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. John Travierso Jr. testified the men stole an iPod and a jar of marijuana that was hidden in his bedroom. The jury was not told of Forrester’s plea agreement. 26-year-old Angela Marie Warner pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit second-degree murder in February and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for driving the men to the home. However, on the witness stand Thursday Warner backtracked and said she did not drive anyone to a specific home and only took the plea bargain to avoid a 51-year sentence. While no gun was ever found and John Travierso Jr. could not identify the masked men, two men testified during the three-day trial that Case told them he and Forrester went to the home to steal marijuana and didn’t mean to kill Travierso. Casey Thompson testified he took Case to the Travierso home in an unsuccessful attempt to buy drugs just days before the shooting and that Case immediately began discussing a plan to steal the drugs.