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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Guilty Verdict in Murder of Akila Badhanage

Three young black men found out their fate today after a jury found them guilty in the murder of Akila Badhanage. Akila was allegedly chased down in Brampton by these three men for his cell phone. Omari White, 18 at the time, stabbed Akila in the chest. Omari White and Jamal Johnson were found guilty of first-degree murder in the Sept. 28, 2007 slaying. Eric Robinson guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the killing.

Both White and Johnson are not eligible for parole until they have served 25 years. The lawyers for these young men tried to state that the men did not intend on killing Akila and wanted them to be guilty of manslaughter. A fourth man, Ryan Walwin-Townsend, 23, is also charged with first-degree murder in the afternoon attack, he will begin his trial in a few months.