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Hells Angels hitman convicted of second-degree murder after N.S. court orders new trial

Almost 20 years after a Halifax-area man was gunned down for having an affair with the girlfriend of a Hells Angels biker, the Supreme Court of Canada has convicted the hit man of second-degree murder.

Sean Simmons was shot in the head in the lobby of a Halifax-area apartment building in October 2000.

Dean Kelsie was convicted of first-degree murder in 2003 and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 25 years.

But the Appeal Court of Nova Scotia ordered a new trial after ruling last year that the trial judge erred in his instructions to the jury.

In a decision issued Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Canada decided Kelsie’s conviction should be reduced to the lesser charge of second-degree murder.

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court must now sentence Kelsie on the new charge, which will involve adjusting his parole eligibility period to 25 years or less.

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