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The former agent of RCMP Bernie Herman found guilty of manslaughter

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Bernie Herman worked for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for 32 years.

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A former Gendarmerie agent Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) from Saskatchewan, Bernie Herman, has been found guilty of manslaughter. He was accused of fatally shooting his lover, Braden Herman.

Last December, Bernie Herman pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of the 26-year-old man.

The naked body of Braden Herman was found in May 2021 in a secluded area of ​​Little Red River Park on the outskirts of Prince Albert. p>

The two men, who are not related, met on Facebook in 2018. Shortly after, Braden Herman moved into the policeman's family home.

This relationship caused tension between Bernie Herman and his wife. The latter was forced to ask Braden Herman to leave the house in 2019, but the sexual relations between the two men continued.

During his trial, the accused, Bernie Herman indicated that the sexual relations between him and the victim were not always consensual. He added that he was afraid the young man would become violent.

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The day of After the victim's death, the police officer recorded a video documenting the exchanges they had regarding their romantic relationship. The two men then left for the park in a vehicle a few hours later.

The former police officer wore his RCMP uniform, belt and service weapon during this outing.

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Bernie Herman and Braden Herman, in a photo provided by Braden's family

Bernie Herman reported that Braden Herman grabbed him by the face.

The young man, who was naked at the time He then walked to the back seat and leaned down to grab something.

Bernie Herman says he doesn't remember what happened next, but his gun went off.

The lawyers defense officials indicated that the shooting was not planned and was done by chance.

In Canada, a sentence of first degree murder is imposed when evidence shows that the accused intentionally caused the death of the victim. This sentence carries life imprisonment, with no possibility of parole for 25 years.

Prosecutors believe Bernie Herman had intentionally brought his service weapon on this outing and that he lured Braden Herman to a secluded area with the promise that they would have sex.

The former police officer also sent a text message to his wife which read: Your life has just changed. I shot him and he died.

According to prosecutors, this shows that Bernie Herman intended to kill the young man.

With the information from The Canadian Press

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