11/21/2013 12:24 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

Robert Reitmeier, White Supremacist, Guilty Of Second Degree Murder In Beating Death Of Ailing Man

Anti-Racist Canada
CALGARY - A man with ties to a white supremacist group in Calgary has been convicted of second-degree murder for the random killing of an ailing man.

Robert Reitmeier, 25, was found guilty in the beating death of Mark Mariani.

Mariani was walking down a northwest alley, heading for his parked car, when he was savagely kicked and stomped on Oct. 3, 2010.

The 47-year old was frail with Crohn's Disease and unable to defend himself.

Tyler Sturrup, 28, who helped found the Western European Bloodline supremacist group, had earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Mariani's death.

He admitted in court to attacking Mariani for no reason.

A conviction of second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no parole for at least 10 years. The jury that convicted Reitmeier will later deliberate on the question of parole eligibility.

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