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Verdicts for two men accused in the shooting death of a Calgary businessman nearly seven years ago. Mohamed Karim has been found guilty of second-degree murder while Robert Deer has been found guilty of manslaughter. The pair was originally charged with first-degree murder in the January 2006 death of Jack Beauchamp. He was shot six times in his downtown Morbank Financial office. Justice Beth Hughes accepted arguments that Karim went in to send a message to Beauchamp over a failed mortgage deal with Deer, but didn't go in with an intent to murder him. This was the second trial for the two, who were previously found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury. But that decision was over-turned after a successful appeal bid and the re-trial was granted. Both will be in court on Wednesday to speak to a sentencing date. Outside court, Morbank Financial President John Tiberio told reporters that they were feeling mixed emotions about the decision, as they weren't expecting it but glad to see convictions. He says some feel anger, which was evident when some in the gallery left the courtroom in disgust following the final comments from Hughes. Deer's defense lawyer Jim Lutz also alluded to the potential of his release prior to the sentencing, as he's been in custody since Beauchamp's murder, and with rules in place about time already served which would grant him double-time, he may not end up being in custody for long with a manslaughter conviction. Karim faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison, but arguments need to be made on how long it would be before he's eligible for parole.