Charlie Manasseri was found guilty of second-degree murder in the New Year's Eve 2005 beating death of Brian Fudge at an Ottawa pool hall.

The decision carries an automatic sentence of life in prison for Manasseri, 50, with no chance of parole for 10 years after altercations at Le Skratch Bar and Grill on Jan. 1, 2005 led to Fudge's death.

The jury also found George Kenny, 26, guilty on two counts of assault causing bodily harm — one for beating Fudge, who was also celebrating his 22nd birthday that night, and another for beating Fudge's friend.

 Brian Fudge's father Derek and his brother Steven spoke outside court after the verdicts were handed down and expressed relief.

"We're very excited, pleased with the verdict," Derek Fudge said outside the Ottawa courthouse.

"Justice has prevailed for us seven years and two months later. It's been a very long and painful experience for us."

Both men had pleaded not guilty to all charges when the trial began Jan. 17.

Fudge did not know either man.