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PAULS VALLEY, OK -- An an Elmore City man on trial for the murder of his wife's ex-husband has been convicted.

32-year old Justin Hammer was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of his girlfriend's ex.

Hammer is accused of shooting Brandon Duran to death in 2012 then dismembering the body, putting the parts in cement filled buckets, and then hiding them at the bottom of a nearby pond.    

KTEN News caught up with family members of the victim after the verdict was read.

"There's always going to be a void that can't be filled," said Garrett Wear, Brandon Duran's brother.

Family members of 32-year old Brandon Duran are relieved after eight men and four women found 32-year old Justin Hammer guilty of Duran's murder in 2012.

"I am very happy at the jury's decision," said Cyndi Wear, Duran's mother. "I'm sure it was very hard and this is what I've been hoping for for two years."

In a trial many anticipated to last for several weeks, the jurors deliberated for about an hour and a half-- returning with a recommended life sentence without parole.

"We're very pleased with the verdict we believe it was appropriate and it's justice for Brandon Duran's family," said Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Austin. "We also think the sentence of life without parole is completely appropriate."

Van Enblom, a man who worked on Hammer's ranch for four years and testified during the trial, was asked by Hammer to help move the buckets that held Duran's body.

"Just knowing from him telling me moments before I saw the buckets he had shot him, cut him up and put him into buckets," said Enblom. "I mean I couldn't imagine what it took to do that. It freaked me out, scariest moment of my life."

While family members say Thursday's result was a step toward recovery, they believe Justin Hammer wasn't the only one involved.

"One hundred percent," said Garrett. "In my heart, I know it."

"You know it's sort of a double-edged sword here though because we're still trying to get little Brando back," said Cyndi

Little Brando is Duran's son.

The family is meeting with DHS and Duran's ex-wife for custody.

"The investigation is still on going of Amber Duran, Amber Andrews," said Austin. "And we will continue to look into her as a suspect in this case."

Hammer is scheduled to be formally sentenced in early October.