06/19/2007 11:00PM

Trainer's killer gets 25 to life


A former jockey agent at Hastings, Michael Wilson, was found guilty in a British Columbia court on Monday of first-degree murder in the 2002 slayings of trainer Glen Martin, 48, and Julie Smith, 33.

According to the Province newspaper of Vancouver, Wilson was given a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. In her ruling, British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Donna Martinson said that Martin was shot at close range six times and Smith 11 times.

Wilson and Martin were involved in a marijuana-growing operation located in Pitt Meadows, a suburb of Vancouver. Wilson was reportedly unhappy with Martin because he was "yapping about the grow-up" at Hastings, said Martinson. Smith was a friend of Martin and was "in the wrong place at the wrong time," the report said.

Martin was the son of local Hall of Fame trainer Sid Martin.