SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Two Springfield men have been found guilty of killing their friend's mother just after they had robbed her home.
Swinkels Laporte and Maxwell Wiggins were found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder and other charges after three days of deliberations by a Hampden Superior Court jury.
Prosecutors say the 20-year-old men shot 46-year-old Tracy Bennett outside her home as she returned from a night out in August 2007. The suspects were friends with Bennett's son and had been to her home many times. They ran into her after robbing her son inside the home.
Sentencing is scheduled for Monday.
Defense lawyers claimed their clients could not have committed the crimes because the real robbers were unfamiliar with the layout of the home.
Information from: The Springfield Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/