The 12-member jury handed down the guilty verdict today - three days after deliberations began.
People in the gallery cheered as the jury announced its verdict.
Jury deliberations in the murder trial of Sandeson resumed today. Sandeson was accused of killing 22-year-old Taylor Samson, whose body has never been found.
Jurors wrapped up their closed-door discussions in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Saturday evening without reaching a verdict. The 12-member jury had deliberated for nearly 20 hours in total to that point since Thursday afternoon.
Before deliberations began, Justice Josh Arnold laid out four possible verdicts in the case: Sandeson could be found guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter, or he could be found not guilty. He told jury members their verdict must be unanimous, although they do not have to arrive at a conclusion in the same way.
The trial heard Samson went to Sandeson's apartment on Aug. 15, 2015, to sell him nine kilograms of marijuana for $40,000.
Court heard Samson was last seen alive on video walking into Sandeson's apartment shortly before 10:30 p.m.
DNA matching Samson's was recovered from a bullet, gun, duffel bag and other items seized from Sandeson's Henry Street apartment in Halifax and his family's farm in Truro, the jury heard.
The Crown alleged that Sandeson lured Samson into his apartment and shot him in the back of the head as part of a plan to alleviate roughly $70,000 in debt during a drug deal.
Defence lawyer Eugene Tan had urged the jury to acquit Sandeson, arguing his client is not a “criminal mastermind.”