A jury has found both Dellen Millard and Mark Smich guilty of first degree murder in the death of Tim Bosma.
The verdict, delivered on Friday afternoon indicates that jurors believe both men planned the murder of the Hamilton man in 2013.
Bosma disappeared in May of that year, after taking two men for a test drive in a truck he was trying to sell.
His remains were found days later, burned beyond recognition in an animal incinerator.
Both Millard, 30 and Smich, 28 had pleaded not guilty to a charge of first degree murder.
Prosecutors alleged that Millard and Smich, then a drug dealer, planned for more than a year to steal a truck, kill its owner and incinerate the body.
The trial, which lasted four and a half months and heard from 90 witnesses, pitted the two former friends against each other as each man said the other had carried out the fatal shooting.
It took the 12 member jury four and a half days to reach their verdict.
After the verdict was read, court was briefly adjoined before reconvening at 4.30.p.m on Friday afternoon, when both Millard and Smich were sentenced to life in prison, with no chance of parole until 2038.
Speaking outside the courtroom following the sentencing, Bosma’s widow Charlene told reporters that her family began their own life sentence in 2013, when Tim failed to return home.
She referred to the actions of her husbands killers as ”incomprehensible” and that spending time in court meant they had to breathe in the same space with the utter depths of depravity in our society.
However Charlene Bosma also stated that she ”still has much for which to be thankful”, and the she is grateful for the time that she and Tim were able to spend together ”as our own little family.”
“We have memories — a lot of very beautiful memories. For myself, I made a choice a long time ago. I choose to remind myself that through everything that has happened in the last three years, I am blessed.”
She extended her thanks to police, detectives, victim services and the ”incredible” Crown attorneys, “they have all worked so hard to achieve justice for Tim. It is through their hard work and perseverance that we are here at this moment,” she said. “It was their long days, long nights, and even longer weekends spent away from their families that we were able to achieve today’s verdict.”