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Panebianco not guilty

Cory Jarock, 31, died in Invermere in April 2012. - Courtesy Columbia Valley Pioneer
Cory Jarock, 31, died in Invermere in April 2012.
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Brian Panebianco has been found not guilty on all charges related to the death of Invermere man Cory Jarock.

After seven hours of deliberation, a jury returned with its verdict on Tuesday evening, January 21, in Cranbrook Supreme Court.

The jury found Panebianco, 25, not guilty of manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death, robbery or assault causing bodily harm.

Instead, the jury returned a guilty verdict for two lesser charges: theft under $5,000, and assault.

Justice Kenneth Ball sentenced Panebianco to six months jail for the two offenses. Panebianco had served time in custody awaiting a bail hearing equivalent to six months, so he was free to leave after the sentence was handed down.

He is required to pay a victim fine surchage of $200 and provide a DNA sample.

Cory Jarock, 31, died of hypothermia in Invermere on April 3, 2012, after he was kicked out of a house party by Panebianco.

See Thursday's Daily Townsman for more on this breaking news story.

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