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Man sentenced to life for Yorkton gas station slaying

The man accused in the slaying of a Yorkton gas station attendant over the summer has been sentenced to life in prison, for the murder of 50-year-old Jimmy Wiebe.

The man accused in the slaying of a Yorkton gas station attendant over the summer has been sentenced to life in prison, for the murder of 50-year-old Jimmy Ray Wiebe.

Wiebe's father confirmed the sentence to CBC News Wednesday night.

Kyle Furness, 20, was arrested and initially charged with first-degree murder in connection with the June homicide and robbery at a Shell gas station on Smith Street East.

Wiebe was found dead at the gas station in the early morning on June 20.

A local paper, the Yorkton This Week, reported last month that Furness pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, as well as  breaking and entering from an unrelated incident.

A second-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence, with at least 10 years before parole eligibility. A first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence, with parole eligibility coming after 25 years.

RCMP said they were offered many tips from the public related to the slaying of Wiebe, and were also able to retrieve video surveillance images from the day of the incident that showed a masked suspect in dark clothing.

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