Man found guilty of beating, setting homeless man on fire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - A jury reached a verdict in the case of a man accused of beating a homeless man to death and setting him on fire. 

Justin Blankenbaker, 33, was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, arson, and abuse of a corpse in the Feb. 7, 2016 death of Horace Horton. 

According to a release, it took the jury two hours to reach a verdict in the case. 

“This case proves that the sanctity of life is sacred, no matter what the circumstances one may be facing. Horace Horton did not deserve to die, and a jury has made it clear that Mr. Blankenbaker will now face the consequences of his actions,” said ADA Megan King. 

Blankenbaker will be sentenced Dec. 5. 

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