By Megan Brennan
Douglas Garland will be sentenced today after being found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of five-year-old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents, Alvin and Kathy Liknes.
For five long weeks, the jury was exposed to disturbing evidence and details of the case.
They deliberated for eight-and-a-half hours before coming to a unanimous decision Thursday afternoon.
The guilty verdicts mean the jury believed the Crown’s theory that Garland meticulously plotted the deaths of Alvin and Kathy, attacked them and their grandson, then took them to his farm where he tortured, dismembered and destroyed their bodies.
The trio was last seen alive on June 29, 2014.
Nathan had been sleeping over at his grandparents’ home, when his mother went to pick him up both Nathan and her parents were missing and the Liknes home was covered in blood.
Garland, 57, faces an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years, but the judge also ruled consecutive periods of parole ineligibility should be imposed in the case.
This means Garland could be jailed for up to 75 years before he would be eligible for parole.
Ten jurors recommended Garland serve consecutive sentences.
It is believed the murderers were planned as revenge and that Garland had a grudge against the Likneses over a patent for a pump.