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UPDATE: Ashcroft man found guilty of second degree murder of uncle

Shane Takeshi Gyoba is accused of murdering his uncle in the backyard of the Ashcroft home the two shared on June 2, 2014.
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June 23, 2016 - 10:58 AM

KAMLOOPS - An Ashcroft man will be sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his uncle in June 2014.

Shane Takeshi Gyoba was found guilty of second degree murder this morning, June 23.

Crown prosecutor Neil Flanagan is asking Judge Dev Dley to order a not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder assessment. Defence lawyer Don Campbell has received specific instructions from Gyoba to not pursue a not criminally responsible defence.

Gyoba ranted and interrupted several times during today's hearing, claiming he was the most emotionally stable person in the courtroom. He also threatened to 'kill all you guys', referring to the sheriffs who surrounded his accused box.

Gyoba's mother Julie is expected to enter evidence in court today, in support of the not criminally responsible order.

Police were called to the home of his uncle Ed Gyoba on June 3, 2014, to investigate a disturbance after neighbours saw Shane digging a hole in the backyard. When police arrived, they found Shane burying his uncle after having killed him with a blow to the head from a shovel. 

For more of our coverage on the case, go here.

— This story was update at 11:22 a.m., June 23, 2016, to add additional details.

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