Man linked to PV deaths found guilty of murder

Posted at 5:35 PM, Dec 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-10 19:35:40-05

A man has been convicted in the deaths of a Paradise Valley couple during a 2012 burglary after which their home was set on fire.

A Maricopa County Superior Court jury on Thursday found 32-year-old Barry Hassell guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.

His sentencing is set for Jan. 11. Prosecutors say Hassell could face life in prison.

Hassell was charged with felony first-degree murder in the Jan. 30, 2012 killings of philanthropists Lawrence and Glenna Shapiro.

Their bodies were found bound and burned beyond recognition.

Prosecutors say Hassell was driving another man charged in the case and the men conspired to burglarize homes in the Shapiros' neighborhood.

The man accused of actually killing the Shapiros -- Michael Lee Crane -- awaits trial.