A Fort McMurray man has been sentenced in connection to a murder that took place at a Conklin home back in August 2015.
On Friday, Trevor Powder was found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of then 20-year old Tyler David McDermid.
The 23-year-old broke down in the defendant’s box as the jury read the verdict and family members within the court were also overwhelmed by emotion – with some having to leave.
Powder now faces life in prison with no chance of parole for 10-to-25 years.
Back on August 11, 2015, Wood Buffalo RCMP were called to a home in the hamlet, where a shooting occurred sometime around 2 a.m.
After a year-long investigation, involving Edmonton’s Major Crime Unit, serious crime unit, and forensic identification of Wood Buffalo RCMP as well as the national firearms section in Ottawa, Powder was charged with first-degree murder.
An Edmonton man, Codie Deranger, was also sentenced last month in connection to the incident.
Following the verdict, Crown had asked the jury for their recommendations prior to official sentencing.
Seven jurors recommended the minimum of 10 years, one juror recommended 12 and the other four had no preferred recommendation.
Powder’s defence attorney also proposed a ‘Gladue Report’, which are requested in circumstances where an offender is of Indigenous descent.
He will be back in court on November 28 for his official sentencing and parole eligibility sentencing.