James Roland Hooper III, 46 of Lynchburg

A Pittsylvania County Circuit Court jury has found James Rowland Hooper guilty of second degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

After also being found guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon during a simultaneous bench trial, Hooper, 46, was recommended to 46 total years in prison.

Three of those years come from the bench trial. 

The verdict took two hours and forty-five minutes to return after three days of testimony. 

Hooper killed Jacob Steele Robertson at the Circle K in Blairs on Jan. 8, 2019.

The jury heard testimony from numerous witnesses including multiple versions of the events of Jan. 8 from Hooper, his wife, and the fiancé of Robertson. 

Hooper testified for nearly three hours Friday morning about the events of Jan. 8. 

The Commonwealth argued Hooper deliberately pulled into the Circle K to confront the Robertson’s. 

Hooper testified it was his “normal stop” on the way to Danville.

However, Hooper’s wife testified she never knew he had a firearm that day. She also testified she told her husband to go to Bojangles so the Robertson’s could ’go on.’

This story will be updated 

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