Alberta’s top court has upheld a life sentence with no chance of parole for 75 years for a man who killed a Calgary couple and their young grandson.
A trial judge had ruled the automatic life sentence with a minimum of 25 years before parole eligibility needed to be increased because of aggravating factors, including Nathan’s young age and Garland not expressing remorse.
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Garland’s lawyers called the parole period vengeful, since he will be 129 years old before he can apply for release.
But in a 2-1 decision, the Appeal Court ruled the sentence isn’t unduly harsh or unfit given the seriousness of the crime and Garland’s moral culpability.
Because of the split decision, Garland has the right to appeal the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.
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