By The Canadian Press
BRIDGEWATER — Relatives of a woman who was shot dead by her husband in a Nova Scotia parking lot say they are relieved the man was convicted Thursday of her first-degree murder.
Wayne Paul Eisnor, 50, was found guilty of murder in Nova Scotia Supreme Court and given a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Eisnor shot and killed Tina Eisnor in the parking lot of a grocery store in New Germany on June 30, 2010, before turning the gun on himself and shooting himself in the head.
Tina Eisnor’s sister, Julie Illingworth, said outside court in Bridgewater that the verdict means the family can now begin to heal.
“It was a big weight lifted off the shoulders after hearing the sentence,” she said. “It’s hard to believe we’ve actually come this far — three years, finally justice.”
About two dozen members of Tina Eisnor’s family were in the courtroom as the verdict was read just before 6 p.m. Thursday.
Another sister, Trina Wentzell, said she was still in shock after hearing the verdict.
“I don’t know if I absorbed it,” she said outside court. “I’m happy. I’m thrilled. I’m just not sure of the emotions yet.”
A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge had earlier ruled Eisnor was fit to stand trial despite some amnesia caused by the gunshot wound.
The trial heard Tina Eisnor told one of her sisters that she feared for her life because of her estranged husband. Illingworth testified that her sister said Eisnor had been following her.
Tina Eisnor had left her husband and was living with her boyfriend for about four weeks before she was killed.
- The Canadian Press
Nova Scotia Supreme Court
New Germany, Bridgewater
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