A jury took less than two hours to convict a 26-year-old woman of murder and kidnapping for helping her boyfriend abduct prominent businessman Stephen Small and bury him alive.

The swift conviction of Nancy Rish on Wednesday should end a "terrible nightmare" for Small's family since his kidnapping in 1987, said prosecutor Michael Ficaro. Small suffocated in a homemade box before his family could pay a $1 million ransom.Daniel Edwards, 31, with whom Rish lived in nearby Bourbonnais, was convicted in May of murder and kidnapping, and was sentenced to death.

Rish faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole, said prosecutor Michael Ficaro. A presentencing hearing was scheduled for Dec. 6.

Rish cried as the jurors filed from the crowded courtroom after delivering their verdict to Kankakee Circuit Judge John Michela.