Man convicted of 2013 robbery, murder

Eric Sear. (Courtesy the Kent County Correctional Facility)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was convicted Wednesday of being part of a deadly assault and robbery at a Grand Rapids halfway house last year.

Eric Sear was found guilty of second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit larceny of a person and larceny or a person.

The Kent County jury deliberated for only about three hours before delivering their verdict.

In March 2013, Sear was involved in the assault and robbery of Douglas Barry, 69, at a halfway house on Adams Street SE. Residents of the house said Barry, a Vietnam War veteran, was there visiting a friend and was attacked during an argument that could have involved drinking and alcohol.

Barry was found lying in the road the day of the assault and died at the hospital the next day.

Sear’s girlfriend also faced larceny charges in connection to the crime.

Also Wednesday, Sear pleaded guilty to being a third-offense habitual offender.

He is set to be sentenced on May 8 in Kent County Circuit Court.

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