2005 crane climber found guilty in Fla. of murdering ex-girlfriend, gets life in prison

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - A man who perched atop a crane in Atlanta for 56 hours in 2005 has been found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend in Florida.

A Pinellas County jury convicted 45-year-old Carl Roland of first-degree murder Thursday. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Authorities said Roland killed 36-year-old Jennifer Gonzalez before fleeing to Atlanta in May 2005. Roland spent more than two days atop a 25-story crane in the city's entertainment district as Florida authorities pieced together their case.

Roland was returned to Florida after an officer shocked him with a stun gun and was able to get him off the crane.

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