A convicted felon will spend the rest of his life in prison for the March 2017 killing of an Omaha man during a purported marijuana deal.

Douglas County jurors deliberated about seven hours before finding Forrest R. Cox III, 30, guilty of first-degree murder and weapon use.

Cox met Laron Rogers, 25, on March 6, 2017, on the pretense that he wanted to buy marijuana.

Cox pulled a gun and robbed Rogers of $1,100. He then fled in a distinctive car — a white Chevy Impala with no license plates.

Witnesses were able to place Cox in the car. Cellphone records also determined that Cox’s phone “pinged” at that location at the time.

Rogers was found in critical condition in the parking lot of the Ames Avenue Convenience Store at 42nd and Ames Avenue. He died at a hospital two weeks later.

Police had told relatives that Rogers was likely familiar with his assailant because he was in a vehicle that was not his own when he was shot.

Family members have described Rogers as generous, warm and fun. He worked at a Boost Mobile cellphone store on the Northwest Radial.

Cox served a four-year sentence for an October 2008 robbery. He also served time for escape.

Another former felon is the suspected shooter in the Rogers killing. But prosecutors say authorities haven’t gathered enough evidence to charge him.

Cox was convicted under the law that holds accomplices accountable when someone dies during the commission of a felony. Prosecutor Amy Jacobsen said Cox will be sentenced in August.

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