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"Canadian Cannibal" Found Guilty Of Murder

Luka Rocco Magnotta, who triggered an international manhunt in 2012 after murdering and dismembering Chinese student Jun Lin — then mailing body parts to political parties and schools after posting a video online of the dismemberment — was found guilty of first degree murder.

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Luka Rocco Magnotta, the infamous "Canadian Cannibal," was found guilty on Tuesday of murdering and dismembering 33-year-old Chinese engineering student Jun Lin in 2012.

Magnotta, 32, was found guilty in a Montreal court of first degree murder, criminal harassment, publishing obscene material, mailing obscene material, and defiling a body.

The defense team had argued Magnotta was mentally ill and therefore not in control of his own actions, which could have resulted in a lesser conviction, pointing to several experts who had diagnosed him as suffering from schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. It was an argument the jury rejected after eight days of deliberation.

Magnotta triggered an international manhunt in June of 2012 after he posted a grisly video online showing him mutilating Lin's body and possibly eating some of the corpse. He also mailed parts of Lin's body to addresses across Canada.

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An artist's sketch shows Luka Rocco Magnotta (L) looking on as Crown prosecutor Louis Bouthillier gives his closing arguments to the jury during his trial in Montreal, December 11, 2014.

Gavon Laessig is a deputy news director and front page editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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