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Man found guilty in lodge killing

KODIAK (AP) — An Alaska man has been found guilty of murder for the November 2015 killing of a co-worker at a wilderness lodge.

Anchorage resident Steven Ridenour could face up to 99 years in prison for the first-degree murder charge he was found guilty of Saturday, The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported.

He was also found guilty of attempted murder, first-degree assault and tampering with evidence in the death of Steven McCaulley, according to court records. The attempted murder charge could add an additional 99 years to his sentence.

Ridenour and McCaulley were co-workers at Port Williams Wilderness Lodge on Shuyak Island when the killing occurred. Troopers said they found McCaulley dead outside a bunkhouse and determined the suspect had travelled to Anchorage.

It’s believed Ridenour was angry with McCaulley and desperately wanted off the island, District Attorney Stephen Wallace said.

On Nov. 12, 2015, Ridenour left the lodge on a mail plane after shooting McCaulley 11 times, Wallace said.

Ridenour said he was defending himself when he killed McCaulley. During court testimony, six witnesses said McCaulley was prone to violence.

The trial, which was the longest Superior Court Judge Steve Cole said he could recall, finished at about noon Saturday after two days of jury deliberation.