Convictions in Ryan Kennedy murder case

By Chad Ingram and Angelica Ingram

Three of the four men charged with murder in the 2011 killing of Haliburton County man Ryan Kennedy have been convicted on various charges.

Kennedy was killed on Oct. 19 2011 just outside Minden. At about 11:45 p.m. police and EMS crews found Kennedy and another man bound and beaten at a residence off South Lake Road. While one man survived Kennedy 21 succumbed to his injuries.

Four Toronto men – Mason Gillard-Gatza Tin Wai Hong Nathanial Cain and Raphael Guerra who ranged in age from 19 to 27 at the time – were each charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.

They were apprehended in the Minden area within about 24 hours of the crime.

An initial trial ended in mistrial in March of 2014.

Jury deliberations in the second trial began on Nov. 18 and on Nov. 21 the jury found Hong guilty of second-degree murder on the first charge and assault causing bodily harm on the second.

Gillard-Gatza was found guilty of manslaughter on count one and assault causing bodily harm on count two. The verdict was the same for  Cain guilty of manslaughter and assault causing bodily harm.

Guerra was found not guilty on both counts.

As for sentencing a spokesperson from the Superior Court in Oshawa told the the paper sentencing was spoken to on Nov. 24 but has been adjourned to Feb. 29 and March 1 for two days worth of submissions.
“He may give a decision that day or he may adjourn it again for the actual sentence” she said.