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TYSON Taylor has been found guilty of the execution-style murder of rugby league referee Tony McGrath and of his attempted murder in a house fire months earlier. A jury has delivered its verdict against Taylor, 41, finding he killed Mr McGrath in the garage of his Woolloongabba house in May 2013 by shooting him at close range.

He was also found guilty of attempted murder in which Taylor botched an attempt to kill him a house fire in October 2012.

Justice Martin Burns sentenced Taylor to life imprisonment for murder and 15 years’ jail for attempted murder.

He’ll have to serve 22 years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

Taylor had pleaded not guilty to both charges in the Supreme Court in Brisbane.

TYSON Taylor has been found guilty of the execution-style murder of rugby league referee Tony McGrath and of his attempted murder in a house fire months earlier.

A jury has delivered its verdict against Taylor, 41, finding he killed Mr McGrath in the garage of his Woolloongabba house in May 2013 by shooting him at close range.

He was also found guilty of attempted murder in which Taylor botched an attempt to kill him a house fire in October 2012.

Justice Martin Burns sentenced Taylor to life imprisonment for murder and 15 years’ jail for attempted murder.

He’ll have to serve 22 years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

Taylor had pleaded not guilty to both charges in the Supreme Court in Brisbane.

After the verdict, Mr McGrath’s sister, Carmel Waugh, read out a victim impact statement describing the profound affect his death has had on her life.

She told the court how he had been there for her on her wedding day, when they lost their parents and when she lost her husband.

“Tony was my brother, confidant, friend, financial advisor and he believed in me,” she told the court.

Mrs Waugh said Taylor had killed a man whose only crime was falling in love with the wrong woman.

“Tony has been deprived of life and I have been deprived of my brother,” she said.