Det Supt Matt Fenwick from South Yorkshire Police, who led the investigation into Alan Greaves' death, said he suffered an "appalling" attack.
"In a matter of minutes, Jonathan Bowling and Ashley Foster had left an innocent man for dead."
He said: "Most of all my thoughts today are reserved for Alan's widow Maureen and her family, who have displayed great strength and dignity in such ghastly circumstances.
"I can only hope that today's verdict will bring some solace to them, Det Supt Fenwick added.
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