Dellen Millard and Mark Smich have been found guilty of First Degree murder in the death of Tim Bosma.
The jury made the announcement just after 3 o’clock Friday afternoon after four and a half days of deliberating.
There was no reaction from either of the accused when the verdicts were read aloud in the courtroom.
However, Sharlene Bosma and the rest of her family cried when the jury’s decision was read by Justice Andrew Goodman.
She clenched her fists and held her skirt with her head down prior to the verdict while other Bosma family members clutched each other before erupting in a huge emotional outburst.
Outside the John Sopinka Courthouse, there were cheers and motorists honked their horns.
The judge thanked the jury for their sacrifice and instructed the jurors not to talk about what they discussed in deliberations in public.
There will be no victim impact statements.
When Smich and Millard were brought into the prisoner’s box for sentencing, the crowded courtroom jeered them.
Court staff had to ask for order.
Both Millard and Smich declined to comment at the time of their sentencing.
Millard said, “I decline to comment at this time your honour,” while Smich added, “Not at this time, thank you.”
Justice Andrew Goodman said, “What happened to TimBosma is unimaginable. He was taken from his family. The accused’s callous actions have not taken away his memory.”
Goodman said, “To the Bosma family, I am sorry for your loss.”
Goodman then sentenced Millard and Smich to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years, meaning they will be behind bars until 2038.
Although Smich’s lawyer, Thomas Dungey, says they plan to appeal.
Millard, 30, of Toronto, and Smich, 28, of Oakville, Ont., pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.
The 32-year-old Bosma disappeared on May 6, 2013, after taking two men for a test drive of a truck he had listed for sale online.
His remains were found days later burned beyond recognition.
The Crown alleged Millard and Smich planned for more than a year to steal a truck, kill its owner and incinerate the body.
Smich testified that Millard shot, killed and burned Bosma.
Millard did not testify, but his lawyer told court that Smich accidentally shot Bosma on a nearby highway in an attempt to steal his truck.
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