Man Found Guilty in Cold Case Murder of Fellow Inmate

A man accused of strangling a fellow prisoner to death at Joyceville Institution more than 20 years ago, has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

Brian J. Riches, 43, was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday, with no chance of parole until 25 years.

The jury deliberated for eight-and-a-half hours before the verdict was delivered.

Advanced DNA testing technology is being credited for helping to solve the cold case.

Phong-Nien Chau’s body, the victim, was discovered beaten and strangled in his cell at Joyceville Institution back in 1994.

The investigation into his death lasted two years until the case went cold and was re-examined in 2012 when some of Chau's personal personal items were sent to the Centre for Forensic Science for new testing.

The results linked Riches to Chau and the case was re-opened.