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Rochester man convicted of attempting to murder 96-year-old woman

Posted at: 03/18/2013 7:45 PM

A Rochester man was convicted Monday of attempting to murder a 96-year-old woman.

Michael Ross was convicted by a Monroe County jury Monday for the attempted murder and strangulation of 96-year-old Rev. Vernice Warfield on May 17, 2011.

Ross was helping Warfield, who he had known for years, clean windows in her Herkimer Street home when he violently attacked her, strangling her until she lost consciousness. Ross left the scene, but Warfield eventually regained consciousness and called police. Police were able to find Ross a short time later due to the fact that he was wearing a GPS ankle bracelet as a condition of his most recent parole.
 
Ross is being held without bail and will be sentenced on April 18. He is expected to be tried as a persistent violent felon and will face up to 25 years to life in prison.