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.
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.
A South Carolina jury has found 22-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof guilty of all charges in the Emmanuel AME Church shooting that claimed the lives of nine Black parishioners as they gathered for a Wednesday night bible study in June 2015.
The jury convicted Roof of the massacre after two hours of deliberation, following an emotional week of testimony from survivors and multiple viewings of a recorded FBI interview that shows Roof immediately confessing after the shooting.
The jury, comprised of nine white people and two Black people, were also shown photos of the horrific crime scene taken inside the church following the shooting.
Roof, who confessed to authorities that the attack was motivated by his disdain for Black people, was convicted of multiple charges including nine counts of hate crimes resulting in death, nine counts of obstructing the exercise of religion resulting in death and three counts of hate crimes involving an attempt to kill, among others.
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