ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Kenneth Dion was found guilty on all charges Wednesday. Dion was charged with the kidnap, rape and murder of Bonnie Craig, an 18-year-old UAA student who was found dead at McHugh Creek in September of 1994.
Troopers said Craig was raped, beaten and then died after she fell from a cliff there.
Dion sat motionless in the Anchorage courtroom and did not react as the verdict was read. Friends and family of Bonnie Craig packed the gallery, many of them wearing scarves and neckties patterned with her image.
Family members sobbed through it all, letting out a joyous gasp when they learned the jury found Dion responsible.
"You know it’s scarier than hell being this situation, that he could’ve gotten away with it, but it’s so nice that it’s first degree," said Karen Foster, Craig's mother.
"Sentencing is going to be a big part but right now this is huge. This is where we want to be right now," said Adam Campbell, Craig's brother.