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Man Convicted in Crossbow Slaying of Transient

June 13, 1991

CHICAGO (AP) _ A man who prosecutors said killed a homeless man with a crossbow for thrills and bragged about the crime has been convicted of murder.

Ted Light, 21, was convicted Wednesday in 1987 slaying of Gaylord Tolbert, 33, who had been sleeping on cardboard on a street.

Light shot Tolbert for ″the sheer pleasure of it,″ prosecutors argued during the non-jury trial.

Light began bragging of the slaying the day after it occurred and drove a carload of friends to the murder scene to show them the spot, prosecutors said. The bragging continued for 18 months before a friend turned him in, they said.

The defense argued that Light’s bragging was only a made-up tale.

He could get 20 to 60 years in prison at sentencing July 23.

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