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    Very good news before Christmas.

    Luka Magnotta guilty of 1st-degree murder in Jun Lin's slaying - Montreal - CBC News

    Luka Magnotta guilty of 1st-degree murder in Jun Lin's slaying
    Jurors in 10-week trial in Montreal found 32-year-old guilty of killing university student, other charges

    Luka Magnotta has received an automatic life sentence for first-degree murder, with no possibility of parole for 25 years. He was sentenced to another 19 years for the four other charges he was convicted on.

    Quebec Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer gave Magnotta the maximum sentence on the four lesser charges, to be served concurrently with the first-degree murder sentence.

    Magnotta closed his eyes and showed no emotion after the jury foreman read the highly anticipated verdict in a Montreal courtroom, announcing that the eight women and four men deciding his fate had found him guilty on all charges.

    On their eighth day of deliberations on Tuesday, the 12-person jury returned a verdict in the killing and dismemberment of Chinese engineering student Jun Lin in 2012.

    It marked the end of a lengthy and unusual trial that focused primarily on Magnotta’s mental state at the time of the crimes.

    Magnotta, 32, a former Ontario resident, pleaded not guilty to the five charges, arguing he suffers from a mental illness, but he admitted to the physical acts of killing and dismembering Lin, and sending his body parts with menacing notes to political parties and schools.

    The jury sat through 10 weeks of often graphic testimony. Lin, 33, a Chinese national, was studying at Montreal’s Concordia University when he met Magnotta. According to what the accused told psychiatrists hired by the defence to assess him, Lin responded to an ad Magnotta posted on Craigslist looking for kinky sex.

    'I will never see his smiling face on video chat or hear about his new accomplishments or hear his laugh.'
    - Diran Lin's victim impact statement about son Jun Lin
    Cournoyer thanked jurors for their patience and hard work.

    "Sir Winston Churchill would be proud," Cournoyer told them before they were dismissed.

    Aside from the possibility of finding Magnotta not criminally responsible, the jury had been given several choices for a verdict:

    First-degree murder, if they found the act was planned and deliberate.
    Second-degree murder, if they believed intent was there without planning.
    Manslaughter.
    Lin's father, Diran Lin, was in the courtroom as the verdict was read. The family's lawyer, Daniel Urbas, placed a reassuring hand on his leg as the jury prepared to announce its decision.

    Lin's mother, who came to Montreal for a portion of the preliminary hearing, remained in China during the trial.

    Through a translator, Lin's father delivered a heartbreaking victim impact statement, telling the court that it hurts him still to know that his last words to Jun Lin were "be careful son."

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    Diran Lin, centre, father of Jun Lin, leaves the Montreal courthouse alongside his lawyer Daniel Urbas and a translator on Tuesday. Lin's family presented a heartbreaking victim impact statement at the end of the Luka Magnotta murder trial. (Graham Hughes/CP)

    "I feel bad that I was not there to warn him that night," the statement read.

    "I will never see his smiling face on video chat or hear about his new accomplishments or hear his laugh. Lin Jun's birthday is on Dec. 30 and he will never be there for his birthday or ours."

    Read the Lin family's victim impact statement
    No decision on appeal yet

    Luc Leclair, Magnotta's lawyer, said he would take time to reflect before deciding whether to launch an appeal.

    "Today is not the time to be discussing that," he told reporters after sentencing.

    Leclair said the verdict didn't "change his mind one way or another."

    He said Magnotta suffers, "as the experts have said, from schizophrenia and personality disorder. When you first see him, it's the histrionic personality that comes forward. However, with a bit of time it's the schizophrenia that surfaces."

    Leclair said the case should serve as a warning about the importance of well-funded mental health programs.

    "Many of us know someone, a family member, a friend, a co-worker, who has struggled with mental illness," he said.

    "Such illness, if untreated, can lead to tragic results as we have seen today. [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper advocates for more and bigger jails, I advocate for more money for mental health. There's a lot of efforts which are being put in that direction, we need more money."

    Crown says defence was difficult to mount

    Despite waiting more than a week for the decision, Crown prosecutor Louis Bouthillier said he "wasn't nervous" and had expected a lengthy deliberation.

    "We had faith that the proof presented during the trial would be successful in convincing the jury," Bouthillier said outside the courtroom.

    He said the jurors did an outstanding job.

    "Individually, the 12 jurors, they were really magnificent," he said.

    Bouthillier said Magnotta's defence was a difficult argument to mount, particularly because the defendant didn't testify and his lawyer bore the burden of proving his client was not criminally responsible through the testimony of experts.

    Graphic video part of evidence

    Lin’s body parts were found in a suitcase outside Magnotta’s apartment, in packages sent to the headquarters of political parties and two Vancouver schools, and in a Montreal park.

    After an international manhunt, Magnotta was arrested in June 2012 at an internet café in Berlin. A German police officer testified Magnotta was looking at an Interpol photo of himself prior to his arrest.

    By the time his trial started more than two years later, Magnotta was barely recognizable. The once well-groomed, thin young man who flaunted his looks for modelling photos and a reality show audition had gained a significant amount of weight in custody.

    On the day the trial opened, it took an unusual turn. Magnotta admitted to the acts detailed in the five charges, but pleaded not guilty.

    During the 10 weeks of testimony, the jury saw a graphic video, which had been posted online, depicting parts of the crime, as well as additional footage found on Magnotta’s computer.

    The jury also saw surveillance video of Lin walking into Magnotta’s apartment building the night he was killed and, in the hours that followed, plenty of images of Magnotta cleaning up and running errands, occasionally while wearing his victim’s clothes.

    His lawyer spent the duration of the trial trying to convince the jury that his client was in a psychotic state when he killed Lin, unable to tell right from wrong, and therefore not criminally responsible.

    Magnotta presented as obsessed

    The defence called Magnotta's father, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, as its first witness. It also relied heavily on psychiatric reports and medical records to convince the jury Magnotta has suffered from schizophrenia since his late teens.

    The Crown focused its case on surveillance footage and witness testimony that Bouthillier said proved Magnotta had planned the killing, and his well-organized escape from law enforcement, months in advance.

    Bouthillier presented the jury with an email Magnotta sent to a British journalist in which he described the pleasures of killing and the need to continue – with a plan to produce a video depicting the death of a person. Six months later, Lin was dead and the graphic video was posted online.

    The prosecution also painted Magnotta as an attention obsessed, needy man, who drew on elements from the 1990s erotic thriller Basic Instinct in committing the crime.
    Chen ki japé pa mòde!

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    is this a "positive" Christmas post ? SMH
    depressing azz story

    you have no joy in your life to find this a good Christmas story

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    It was indeed it was a good decision and it was right before christmas. The only gift that could have been given to Jun Lin's family and friends. Here is what his father had to say after the verdict.

    Jun Lin's Father Releases Impact Statement

    MONTREAL - Luka Rocco Magnotta was found guilty on Tuesday of first-degree murder and other charges in the killing and dismemberment of Jun Lin in May 2012. After the verdicts came down, lawyer Daniel Urbas read out in court the following impact statement on behalf of Lin's father, Diran Lin:

    I do not know who I am supposed to be talking to, who will listen to this or read this but I do need to say something. For me, for Lin Jun's mother, for Lin Jun's sister.

    My brave son, smart son, laughing son, caring son, adventurous son, handsome son, strong son, popular son. Gone. And I will always miss you Lin Jun.

    The night Lin Jun died, parts of many other people died in one way or another. His mother, his sister and me, his friends, Lin Feng. In one night, we lost a lifetime of hope, our futures, parts of our past.

    I have trouble thinking of other things, to concentrate. Lin Jun's mother is not right anymore, has not smiled or laughed much since May 2012 and will never work again. Lin Jun's sister has tried to take care of her mother but she too is unable to work, is sad. She has too much responsibilities now for someone so young. I hope one day she is better.

    My memories of Lin Jun do not stop at his youth but now I see those memories through his death, how he died, how he must have suffered, how humiliating his death has become with a movie, post office packages, and only the accused's story that it was not his fault and the fault of government agents.

    I know that the accused is not what Canada is about. Lin Jun loved China but was also drawn to Canada, to live in Montreal, in French. I have spent now more time in Canada and now know why my son wanted to live here.

    This knowledge hurts all the more to know what my son is missing by not being alive in your country. I am troubled by knowing what his plans were, to stay here and to start a business, to live here permanently, to enjoy your language, your opportunities, your fresh air.

    I live each day with regret that all I now see available here will never be his, that his name will only be associated with a horrible, degrading crime. It causes me fresh pain to know that my son's legacy is to be remembered as a victim. He not only suffered in his murder but will be humiliated for each time his name is mentioned and it hurts me deeply and will hurt me forever. It hurts me to know that my last words to him were "be careful son." I feel bad that I was not there to warn him that night.

    I will never see his smiling face on video chat or hear about his new accomplishments or hear his laugh. Lin Jun's birthday is on December 30 and he will never be there for his birthday or ours.

    In traditional Chinese culture, your child grows up to take care of you when you get old. A Chinese parent has a saying, "Having a Child Takes Care of Old Age" or "Raising a Child Prevents Loneliness in Old Age."

    He will not be there for me and Lin Jun's mother in our old age. I turned 60 years old at the start of the trial and so did Lin Jun's mother a few days later. We have only misery as a gift and feel pain for his little sister Mei Mei.

    I thought I would be able to retire and enjoy my son being there for me, with me, to let me feel I have been a good father. His chair is empty at my home. His phone never answers. All gone. I have no ability or desire to want anything else.

    I am told that the accused will receive the maximum under Canadian judicial system for one of his crimes. I appreciate the result.

    I am told that a prisoner in Canada is given time to reflect on his crime, to live with the bad memories, to perhaps feel regret, to be cut off from family, to be limited in their movements. In that understanding, I think that his future sounds like mine, Lin Jun's mother's and Lin Jun's sister. We are cut off from our son, and given the rest of our lives to think. We reflect on that crime, we feel regret, we have no desire to go anywhere or see people.

    I am also told that for the next years, a prisoner will be housed, his bed provided, his food prepared, doctors made available and psychiatrists to listen to him and give him medication when he tells them that he feels bad.

    No one will house us, feed us or provide doctors. Lin Jun will never be there for us. We do not want to tell our story because it is too sad to repeat. We cannot talk much about Lin Jun without talking about his murder. The murder has robbed us not only of Lin Jun but our ability to think and talk about him without feeling pain and shame.

    I had come to see your trial system to see justice done and I leave satisfied that you have not let my son down.

    I had come to learn what happened to my son that night and I leave without a true or a complete answer.

    I had come to see remorse, to hear some form of apology, and I leave without anything.

    Lin Diran
    Chen ki japé pa mòde!

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    The first post made me want to vomit and the second made me very sad.

    The son is so important is this culture. It is interesting that he points out how the son would have been responsible for feeding and providing doctors for the parents. I wonder if the daughter will assume that role.

    It is also interesting that he mentions shame. Shame of the murder or of the fact that his son answered the CL ad?

    My last comment is that this could have been prevented. Magnotta clearly planned this and made his plans known. Why wasn't he locked up?

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    good vibes...

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