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Man guilty of 2nd-degree murder in 17-year-old girl’s west Edmonton death

The body of Leona Neapetung-Stevens, 17, was found in a west Edmonton townhome on Oct. 31, 2015. Credit: Facebook

A man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a 17-year-old girl in west Edmonton nearly three years ago.

Joseph Sinclair, who was 20 years old when he was charged in November 2015, was found guilty on Thursday.

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Sinclair was charged in the 2015 death of 17-year-old Leona Neapetung-Stevens. The teen was found dead at a west Edmonton townhome on Oct. 31, 2015.

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Edmonton police investigating the suspicious death of a teenage girl at a townhouse complex near 96th Avenue and 176th Street in the Terra Losa neighbourhood. October 31, 2015. Photo provided by Joseph Alexandrovitch
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Edmonton police investigating the suspicious death of a teenage girl at a townhouse complex near 96th Avenue and 176th Street in the Terra Losa neighbourhood. October 31, 2015. Aaron Streck, Global News
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Edmonton police investigating the suspicious death of a teenage girl at a townhouse complex near 96th Avenue and 176th Street in the Terra Losa neighbourhood. October 31, 2015. Aaron Streck, Global News
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Edmonton police investigating the suspicious death of a teenage girl at a townhouse complex near 96th Avenue and 176th Street in the Terra Losa neighbourhood. October 31, 2015. Aaron Streck, Global News
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Edmonton police investigating the suspicious death of a teenage girl at a townhouse complex near 96th Avenue and 176th Street in the Terra Losa neighbourhood. October 31, 2015. Aaron Streck, Global News

An autopsy revealed she died of stab wounds.

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Sinclair was charged with second-degree murder just days after Neapetung-Stevens’ death.

Sinclair’s next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 23.

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