Garland verdict: Jury finds accused guilty of murder in triple homicide

Douglas Garland has been found guilty on all three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of five-year-old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents Kathy and Alvin Liknes.

Garland, 57, who was on trial over the last five weeks, was found guilty by a jury of 12 Calgarians Thursday. The jury deliberated their decision for just over 8 hours.

Nathan O'Brien.


Nathan O’Brien.

Family members of the victims wept as the verdicts were read out in court.

Ten of the jurors suggested the three 25-year sentences be served consecutively, for a total of 75 years. Two had no opinion on the matter.

The judge will make the final call on the sentencing Friday.