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Former Toronto pastor guilty of manslaughter in drowning of wife

Eileen Florentino takes the stand at former Toronto pastor Philip Grandine's murder trial. CITYNEWS/Marianne Boucher

A jury has found former Toronto pastor Philip Grandine guilty of manslaughter in the 2011 drowning of his pregnant wife.

Grandine had been on trial for first-degree murder.

His wife, Anna Karissa Grandine, 29, was found in the bathtub of their Scarborough bungalow in October 2011.

When paramedics arrived at their home, Karissa was still in the bathtub and the water had not been drained.

Grandine was arrested six months later. Toxicology reports found a sedative in her system which had not been prescribed to her.

The Crown had accused Grandine of plotting to kill his wife in order to continue an extramarital affair with his friend’s wife, a parishioner at his church.

Grandine was on the phone with his mistress the night his wife drowned.

He will be sentenced on Dec. 11.