Jury says Ballantyne is Guilty

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A jury in Prince George has come back with a guilty verdict against Leonard Freedom Ballantyne.

Ballantyne was charged with second degree murder following an event in Fort St. John on September 12, 2006.  Neil McNamara, 27, died of a shotgun blast to his lower abdomen following a incident on the fourth floor of an apartment building.

The jury took more than six days to return with its verdict in the BC Supreme Court trail.  The verdict was read at 5:50pm (PST) Thursday evening.

The jury did not make any recomendations on the length of time Ballantyne should serve.  Ballantyne could serve anywhere between 10 and 25 years depending on a decision of a jury or judge.

Mr. Justice Eric Chamberlist has decided to schedule a teleconference with Crown and the defence for Monday in order to set a date for a sentencing session.  According to Crown, that could happen in March.