Ex-OPP officer found guilty of murdering girlfriend, burning her home

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Tracy McLaughlin, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

NEWMARKET, Ont. — A former Ontario Provincial Police officer was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of murder for beating his girlfriend to death, then setting fire to her home.

A jury found Paul Kenyon of Gravenhurst, Ont., guilty of the second-degree murder of Marion Deacon, 46.

The mother of three was found lying face down in her kitchen, beaten to death, after firefighters responded to a fire that destroyed her home in Gormley, Ont., March 7, 2010.

Desperate for his next hit of crack cocaine, Kenyon, a former OPP officer who resigned 20 years ago, bludgeoned Deacon to death with a baseball bat, took her money, then called his drug dealer.

"She was brutally beaten to death," Crown attorney Gemma Sang told the jury. "It was extreme."

The night Deacon died, Kenyon had been repeatedly calling his drug dealers looking for crack, Sang said.

"He was desperate. He needed money," she said.


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