Man found guilty of murder in 1990 death of wife

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DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A jury has found a central Illinois man guilty of first-degree murder while committing sexual assault in the 1990 death of Sheryl Houser.

Gregory Houser was convicted by a jury on both counts on Thursday.  In July 2016, Sheryl's death was reexamined during a coroner's inquest, during which her death was ruled as a homicide.  Police say Sheryl was found in her garage on October 5, 1990.

Piatt County authorities say Gregory Houser was charged in the death of Sheryl in September 2016.  His trial began earlier this month in Piatt County, during which experts testified that Sheryl was likely strangled, instead of dying from hanging.

Houser is due back in court on September 6, 2017.

According to a release from Johnson Law Group, Defense Attorney Kevin Sanborn says, " Although we respect the jury's verdict, an innocent man was found guilty today.  We look forward to an appeal and possible re-trial in the case.."

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