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Wednesday , 6 July 2022
Jacob Sansom, 39, and his uncle Morris Cardinal, 57, were found dead with gunshot wounds on March 27 on a rural road near Glendon. Two men have been charged with second degree murder. (Submitted image)

Glendon men found guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter

The two Glendon men standing trial in the killings of Jacob Sansom and Maurice Cardinal have been convicted of charges.

After a 10 day trial, the jury reached a verdict late Tuesday afternoon.

Anthony Bilodeau has been found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Jacob Samson. He was also found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Maurice Cardinal.

Roger Bilodeau, Anthony’s father and co-accused, has been found guilty of two counts of manslaughter in their deaths.

Both were charged by the RCMP with two counts of second-degree murder in the March 2020 deaths of Jacob Sansom, 39, and his uncle Maurice Cardinal, 57 after an incident north of Glendon.

Final arguments were presented to the Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday after the Bilodeau’s pleaded not guilty to begin the trial.

Sansom and Cardinal had been hunting earlier in the day on March 27, 2020, then went to a friend’s house to skin the moose they caught. Later that evening, they were chased by Roger Bilodeau and his teenage son after spotting the pair’s truck in their driveway and believing it could be suspicious.

Roger called Anthony to come and bring a gun. An altercation occurred and Sansom and Cardinal were shot by Anthony.

The defense argued that the Bilodeau’s acted in self-defense and that the victims’ blood alcohol level was over the legal limit. The Crown argued that these actions were not justified and that the situation escalated by the Bilodeau’s chasing the hunters and bringing a gun.

Video of the shooting was presented to the jury which was captured by a nearby security camera at the intersection of Range Road 484 and Township Road 622.

More to follow. 

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.