Francis Paul Yukon, foreground, and Devon Trent Gerald Paskemin were found guilty of second-degree murder for a prison stabbing death. ((David Shield/CBC))

 Two men have been found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a fellow inmate at Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert, Sask.

James Ronald Taylor died Dec. 22, 2005, following an altercation at a basketball game in the prison's gymnasium with Devon Trent Gerald Paskemin, 27, and Francis Paul Yukon, 32.

In Prince Albert Queen's Bench court Thursday morning, Justice Martel Popescul found that Paskemin held the victim while Yukon stabbed him five times with a homemade knife. Taylor's heart was punctured in the attack and he died at the scene.

"What do you say about it? The worst part is over," Taylor's mother, Maizie Taylor, told reporters after the court proceedings. "But it will never be over, because you always think of what happened."

Taylor said that while she believes the killing was gang-related, what motivated the attack remains a mystery.


'What was the sense of it?' —Maizie Taylor, mother of prison-killing victim


"Why did they do it in the first place?" Taylor said. "What was the sense of it?"

She said her son hung out with gang members in Winnipeg before his incarceration.

"They were the only friends he knew. Well, he thought at that time they were his friends," Taylor said.

There will be a sentencing hearing for the men in September.


Maizie Taylor said she was satisfied with the second-degree murder findings against the two men who killed her son, James Taylor, in 2005. ((David Shield/CBC))

Both men will receive an automatic life sentence, so sentencing arguments will focus on when the men can apply for parole.

The minimum waiting period for parole eligibility is 10 years, but the Crown prosecutor wants a 15-year wait time for both.