Ledesma will face an automatic life sentence, but the issue of his parole ineligibility is still to be determined.
Gates can set that at anywhere from the mandatory minimum of 10 years up to 25, although the minimum is the norm.
Ledesma has spent 6 1/2 years in custody since his original arrest.
Under the Criminal Code, an offender serving life for murder is eligible to apply for day parole up to three years before full parole eligibility.
If Ledesma were handed the minimum 10 years he’d be eligible for day parole in about six months.