A 52-year-old Palo Cedro man has been convicted of the continuous sexual abuse of a young boy. Michael Owen Gardner was found guilty by a Shasta County jury on Thursday. He started molesting the boy at the age of 9 and it continued on many occasions and in many ways until the boy was almost 12. Gardner’s multiple felonies include a special allegation of substantial sexual contact. Gardner faces a possible sentence of life in prison, although he would be eligible for parole in 15 years.