Giesbrecht Convicted of Second Degree Murder

John Crawford

A Burns Lake man has been convicted of second-degree murder -- in connection with a shooting that happened just over two years ago south of Francois Lake.

Sixty-eight-year-old Albert Giesbrecht has been found guilty of killing 59-year-old Raymond Bishop, during an altercation near Southbank on May 18th, 2017.

During his six-week trial in Smithers, the Crown testified that Giesbrecht was angry over a relationship between his ex-wife and Bishop, and had taken the Francois Lake Ferry to Southbank in order to confront Bishop.

Justice David Crossin rejected a defence argument that the gun that killed Bishop was discharged accidentally during a physical altercation between the two men. 

The conviction carries life-sentence -- but the case has been adjourned until Friday, to fix a date to determine parole eligibility.

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