Joseph Thornton found guilty of Windham Township murder

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Joseph Thornton has been found guilty of murder in the shooting death of his nephew Jason Canan on Dec. 25, 2013 in Windham Township.

After less than a hour of deliberation, a jury handed down the verdict in Portage County Common Pleas Court in Ravenna.

Thornton's sentence includes additional years for the use of a firearm. He also was found guilty of tampering with evidence. He faces a possible sentence of 18 years to life in prison for the murder charge and 1 to 3 years on the tampering with evidence charge. Sentencing will be at a later date.

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