Jurors in Whitehorse have found Norman Larue guilty of killing Gordon Seybold in 2008.
The jury returned the first degree murder verdict Wednesday morning after resuming deliberations. They spent the night sequestered in a Whitehorse hotel after failing to reach a verdict Tuesday.
Sporting a clean shaven head and neck tattoos, Larue, 31, sat emotionless as the verdict was announced.
Larue was unresponsive when asked if he had anything to say. Then he slumped forward in his chair as Justice Scott Brooker pronounced the automatic life sentence with no eligibility for parole for 25 years.
Larue has been in jail since August 2009. He'll be 52 when he's eligible to apply for parole.
Brooker called it "a brutal and senseless murder, to invade the sanctity of Gordon Seybold’s home, and kill him."
Larue had denied having anything to do with Gordon's Seybold’s death, and testified he never met the man.
However the jury heard an audio recording taken by undercover police officers where Larue admitted beating Seybold with a baseball bat, slitting his throat ear to ear and lighting his home on fire leaving him for dead inside.
Larue told the jury that confession was a fake. He said he thought the undercover police officers were violent criminals and he was just telling them what they wanted to hear to protect himself and his girlfriend.
The jury also saw a video of Larue's girlfriend telling undercover police they committed the murder together, but later at her trial Christina Asp blamed it all on Larue. She refused to testify at Larue's trial.
Larue's lawyer Ray Dieno said he was shocked by the first degree verdict, as he thought there was scant proof the murder was planned and deliberate.
Asp is already serving a life sentence for her role in the killing, with 15 years to serve before she is eligible for parole. She faces additional charges of contempt for refusing to testify in the Larue trial, and could have time added to her parole eligibility.