ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- A Spirit Lake, Iowa, man has been found guilty a second time of fatally shooting another man during an argument at a rural Sioux County home.
A Sioux County District Court jury returned its verdict at 9 p.m. Tuesday, finding Gregg Winterfeld, 71, guilty of second-degree murder for the May 9, 2020, death of Grant Wilson, 58, of Cleghorn, Iowa.
He faces a 50-year prison sentence. A sentencing date has yet to be set.
Originally charged with first-degree murder, Winterfeld was found guilty in April of second-degree murder at the conclusion of his first trial, in which jurors found him guilty of the lesser charge and allowing him to avoid a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
In June, District Judge Jeffrey Neary granted Winterfeld a new trial because of an error made while choosing the jury for his first trial.
Winterfeld shot Wilson at a rural Ireton, Iowa, house while the two were arguing. Winterfeld pulled out a Ruger .22-caliber revolver and shot Wilson in the forehead. Sheriff's deputies who arrived at the scene found Wilson dead inside the house. A woman inside the house at the time of the shooting was not harmed. The three had been drinking beer and whisky throughout the day prior to the shooting.
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Winterfeld's attorney said Winterfeld acted in self-defense.