11/12/2015 21:46 EST | Updated 11/12/2016 00:12 EST

Son found guilty of second-degree murder in mother's death

VANCOUVER — A Richmond, B.C., man charged in the 2012 death of his mother has been found guilty of second-degree murder.

Yuan Xi Tang admitted to killing Lian Jie Guo, whose body was stuffed in a suitcase and thrown in the Fraser River.

Guo was killed on June 7, 2012, and her body was found on a small island near Powell River on July 29 that year.

Tang was charged with first-degree murder, but his lawyer argued there was no evidence that he planned the attack.

The guilty verdict was announced by the jury this afternoon following 11 days of deliberations.

The second degree murder charge carries an automatic life sentence and a sentencing hearing will be held for Tang at a later date to determine his parole eligibility.

(Global News)

The Canadian Press