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St. Mary’s jurors convicted James Kenneth Clay Jr., 36, on Wednesday afternoon of felony murder, first-degree burglary and a robbery-conspiracy offense in the Feb. 7 death of 37-year-old Robert Lee McDowney Sr. at his St. Inigoes residence.

St. Mary’s State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz (R) said as he left the courthouse in Leonardtown that he will seek a sentence for Clay of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“This was a home invasion, one of the most fearful types of crimes,” the prosecutor said, and one that “cries out” for the state’s maximum penalty.

Jurors deliberated the case for about six hours.

Clay is the first defendant to stand trial in the case. Andre Lionel Bowman, 31, of Laurel is scheduled to face trial next month on charges including first-degree murder and armed robbery. Joseph William Medley III, a 30-year-old Great Mills resident, also is scheduled to face trial later next month on the same charges.

jwharton@somdnews.com