Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Saskatchewan ATM Technician

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Saskatchewan ATM Technician

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Life in prison for murder of ATM technician

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PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - A Saskatchewan man convicted of murdering a friend he was planning a robbery with has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 12 years.

Daniel Smith was found guilty in January of shooting ATM technician Roger Byer six years ago.

Byer, who was 57, was last seen on Jan. 20, 2010, in Melfort, where he was working on an automated-teller machine.

His body was found the following April in an abandoned farm yard.

Smith testified during his trial in Prince Albert Queen's Bench Court that it was actually his girlfriend at the time who had shot Byer when the robbery plans went wrong.

Another man has been charged with accessory after the fact, but has yet to go to trial.

Smith told the jury that he and his girlfriend met Byer to plan an ATM robbery. …

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