A Baton Rouge man faces an automatic sentence of life in prison following his conviction Thursday night in the 2009 shooting death of his wife in their apartment on Bard Avenue .
State District Judge Richard Anderson is scheduled to formally sentence Greg Ransom, 40, on Nov. 4 in the slaying of Sheryl Brooks-Ransom, 43.
An East Baton Rouge Parish jury, by a 10-2 vote, found Ransom guilty of second-degree murder.
Ransom, 11424 Bard Ave., allegedly shot his wife Oct. 13, 2009, after the two got into a fistfight, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
After the shooting, Ransom called 911 and reported that he had shot his wife, Baton Rouge police have said.
Trey Frazier, one of Ransom’s court-appointed attorneys, argued to the jury the shooting was justified and that Ransom shot his wife in self-defense, suggesting she may have come at him with a pair of scissors during a heated argument.
“Let him go. Let him mourn,’’ Frazier urged jurors in his closing argument.
Prosecutor Sonya Cardia-Porter countered that Brooks-Ransom was shot three times.
“Is that justice?’’ she asked of Frazier’s invitation to set Ransom free.
Frazier also argued that no one knows the complete story behind what happened in the couple’s tiny apartment that day.
“We don’t know the whole story because he killed half the story,’’ Cardia-Porter replied.