A jury who sat through a nearly three-week trial in Pictou, Nova Scotia, deliberated about 7 1/2 hours before finding Christopher Alexander Falconer, 31, guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of 19-year-old Amber Kirwan, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The presiding judge sentenced him to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Kirwan was last seen alive at a pool hall in New Glasgow early on Oct. 9, 2011. Her remains were discovered in a shallow grave in Heathbell near the home of Falconer's stepsister about a month later. She had been stabbed at least 10 times and a bloody tank top was found in Falconer's car, authorities said.
Falconer had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 1998, admitting he and another teenager had killed cab driver Robert Leblanc on a road near where Kirwan's body was discovered.
He served more than 10 years in prison for Leblanc's murder.
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