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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