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San Diego brother, sister convicted of murdering stepfather

April 16, 2009 | 12:18 pm

A brother and sister in San Diego have been found guilty of first-degree murder for the shotgun-killing of their stepfather.

Nathaniel Gann, 20, and Brae Hansen, 19, were found guilty of murdering Timothy MacNeil, 63, an attorney, in July 2007. The two told police their stepfather had been killed by a burglar when he refused to give up the combination to a safe.

Gann and Hansen were tried together in San Diego County Superior Court, but with separate juries. Hansen's verdict was announced Wednesday, Gann's today.

Hansen faces a possible life sentence, after being convicted of lying in wait to kill MacNeil. Gann faces 25 to life when sentenced. He was acquitted of lying in wait.

The murder came 13 months after the suicide of MacNeil's second wife, who was the mother of Hansen and Gann. Police say the motive for the slaying was the desire of the two to inherit MacNeil's money.

-- Tony Perry