Sturgeon Lake Man Found Guilty Of Murder

Friday, March 14, 2008 at 16:33



A 39-year-old man has been found guilty of intentionally killing his common-law wife on the Sturgeon Lake reserve.


Rick Ermine showed little reaction when the verdict was read in a Prince Albert courtroom late last night.


He has been remanded into custody and will be sentenced on March 28th.


It took the jury two attempts to render the decision.


One of the female jurors burst into tears when the group initially announced it was ready to read the decision.


The woman flung her hands up, saying she “couldn’t do this”, before retreating back into the jury room.


The jury came out again 10 minutes later, and this time the verdict was read.


Prosecutor Maureen Longworth says she’s happy with the decision, and the attentiveness of the jurors to the evidence presented.


The jury had the option of finding Ermine guilty of manslaugter instead.


The second-degree murder conviction means it will be at least 10 years before he is eligible for parole.