Christopher Vladislov Sawicki was found not criminally responsible for killing George Benoit of Piccadilly almost two years ago.
A jury gave the verdict early Friday afternoon, just over an hour after they went to deliberation in Supreme Court in Corner Brook.
Sawicki will now be taken back to Waterford Hospital in St. John's, where he will continue to be treated for bipolar mood disorder. A review board, comprised of mental health and justice professionals, will determine how long he will remain there.
As he was leaving the courtroom following the decision, Sawicki said, "it feels good," and he offered a "sincere apology" to the Benoit family.