Life sentence for murdering uncle

Gavel and book.
Gavel and book.

A Walpole Island man was handed a life sentence in a Sarnia courtroom today (Monday, Nov. 2) for the stomping death of his uncle.

Naanan Mackenzie Williams, 23, was convicted of the June 2012 second-degree murder of Clifford Riley, 50, also of Walpole Island.

The Sarnia Observer reports eight of the 11 jurors recommended Williams have no eligibility for parole for the 10-year minimum sentence.

A second-degree murder conviction results in an automatic life sentence.

Blackburn News reports that Williams showed remorse when being sentenced, calling the situation “tragic” and something that “should have never happened.”

Williams was found guilty for stomping Riley on the chest to death.

Riley’s body was found on the side of River Road, north of Firehall Road, on Walpole Island on the morning of June 22, 2012.

Reports say Williams’s lawyers are planning on appealing the conviction.

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