BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) -- It took jurors less than an hour to find Richard Grissett, 53, guilty of murder and other charges.
Tears filled Grissett's eyes as the verdict was read.
Grissett was high on crack when he robbed, beat and strangled Linnie Mae Ward, 86, in her home in Brunswick County's Longwood community in November 2012.
Ward's family says they will miss the woman they described as someone who would help anyone in need. Her son-in-law spoke at the sentencing. He says the family has forgiven Grissett.
"It's not easy sometimes to get to that point," Donald Ward said. "It takes a little bit of work and relying on your faith, but in the end, we do forgive him."
The judge sentenced Grissett to life without the possibility of parole. He also got 12 to 15 years for his other charges to be served at the end of his life sentence.