B.C. pair convicted in triple murder
A Seattle jury convicted two British Columbia men of three counts of first-degree murder Wednesday. Atif Rafay and Sebastian Burns were convicted in the deaths of Rafay's parents and sister.
The convictions carry automatic life sentences with no parole.
The case had gone to the jury last Friday, following six months of testimony.
- FROM MAY 21, 2004: Jury to decide fate of men accused of killing family
Rafay and Burns, now 28, were 18-years-old at the time of the killings, which took place in Bellevue, Wash. They were arrested in Vancouver in 1995 and extradited to Washington state after U.S. prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.
Prosecutors maintain the pair did it to collect $400,000 from the family's insurance and estate.
The pair made videotaped confessions to the murders to undercover RCMP officers back in 1995. The officers had posed as crime bosses, telling the two young men they had to know the details of the murders so they could go down to Seattle to clean up the evidence.