2 Canadian men found guilty of murder in online truck case

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Posted: Jun 17, 2016 5:30 PM

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — Two Canadian men were found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the killing of a man who had posted his truck for sale online.

The case riveted the nation after the victim's wife made a heart wrenching plea for his return after he went missing.

Jurors found Dellen Millard, 30, and Mark Smich, 28, guilty of planning to kill Tim Bosma, whose remains were found burned beyond recognition.

Bosma, 32, disappeared in 2013 after taking two men for a test drive of a truck he had listed for sale online.

The conviction carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Millard and Smich also face another murder trial next year in the death of a woman.

Millard, an heir to an aviation company, also faces murder charges in the death of his father, which was initially deemed a suicide.

Prosecutors alleged 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 began hearing evidence on Feb. 1, pitted the two former friends against each other as each man said the other had carried out the fatal shooting.