Dennis Oland to be sentenced in father's death

SAINT JOHN, N.B. -- Dennis Oland will be back in a Saint John, N.B. courtroom today as lawyers make arguments for sentencing on his conviction of second-degree murder in the death of his father.

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A jury found Oland guilty of the crime in December following a trial that lasted four months and captured widespread public attention.

Richard Oland's body was found face down in a pool of blood in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011.

He had suffered 45 blunt and sharp force blows to his head, neck and hands, although no weapon was ever found.

The Olands are an establishment family in the history of the Maritimes, having founded Moosehead Breweries, though Richard Oland left the family business in 1981.

The key piece of evidence for the Crown was a brown jacket worn by Dennis Oland that had a number of small blood stains and also DNA that matched the profile of Richard Oland.

A conviction for second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with a range of parole eligibility set between 10 and 25 years.



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