It took an Ashland County jury about four hours Wednesday to find two men guilty of the 2017 beating and stabbing death of an Odanah man.

Michael Dwane Sweet and Brian Matthew Nelis, both 41, face mandatory sentences of life in prison after their convictions on first-degree intentional homicide charges.

Sweet and Nelis were accused of beating and stabbing to death Shane A. Cadotte of Odanah in September of 2017.

Their trial was expected to consume most of the week, but prosecutors concluded their case early Wednesday and defense attorneys concluded their cases quickly.

Jurors began deliberations early in the afternoon after hearing from one witness earlier in the week who saw Sweet and Nelis beating Cadotte in the same secluded area of the Bad River Indian Reservation in which his body eventually was found.

Prosecutors theorized that the two killed Cadotte after an enraged Sweet saw Cadotte with a woman he previously had dated.

Nelis, of Odanah, has been held in the Ashland County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond, while Sweet has been imprisoned at the Green Bay Correctional Institute on another conviction. Both are being held until sentencing.

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