NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk officials say a 36-year-old man has been convicted of beating a man to death then setting a house on fire with him inside.
The Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office announced that Jamal A. Knowles was convicted of first-degree murder, arson and grand larceny Monday in the Norfolk Circuit Court.
He was convicted by a jury, which recommended he serve 37 years in prison.
He was found not guilty on one count of defiling a human body.
Authorities say Knowles beat 30-year-old Demont Brooks to death June 18, 2019 in the 1400 block of Picadilly Street. He was found dead inside a home after firefighters responded to a fire.
Knowles was taken into custody after a police chase and crash in Chesapeake.
Knowles’ formal sentencing will take place at a later date, which hasn’t been set.
Stay with WAVY.com for updates.
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