Septimus Neverson, 57, registered little reaction as Justice Guy Cournoyer found him guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder and a long series of other charges related to home invasions carried out in 2006 and 2009 in the West Island, Montreal and Laval. Neverson managed to enter Canada and leave at least twice while he carried out his crimes. In November 2000, Neverson was expelled from Canada based on a criminal record involving 20 convictions. His record included a home invasion, carried out in 1987 on Legendre St. in northern Montreal during which he killed a 35-year-old man named Jean-Guy Gauthier. After having been deported to Trinidad and Tobago, Neverson somehow returned to Canada and began carrying out a series of home invasions that began May 4, 2006. He apparently left Canada after killing Jacques Sénécal, a 61-year-old artist and teacher. Sénécal was shot on July 20, 2006, during a robbery in his home in the Ste-Dorothée district of Laval. Neverson returned in 2009 and carried out another series of home invasions. In all of the 13 cases, Neverson wore a mask and was very difficult to identify. While delivering his decision on Friday, Cournoyer said that if the Crown’s case relied solely on eyewitness testimony, he would have acquitted Neverson. The prosecution — represented by Catherine Perreault and Louis Bouthillier — produced circumstantial evidence that helped link Neverson to all 13 of the armed robberies. Besides finding Neverson guilty of first-degree murder, Cournoyer also convicted him of three attempted murders and 31 counts of armed robbery. The first-degree murder conviction comes with an automatic life sentence with no chance at parole for 25 years. But Neverson still has to be sentenced for the other 53 convictions. A date to schedule a sentence hearing is scheduled for next week.