HINTON, Alta. — An Alberta man who admitted he strangled a 14-year-old
girl out for a walk will serve at least 18 years in prison.

Ross Edward Kleman, 45, pleaded guilty last spring to the second-degree
murder of Emily Stauffer two years ago in Edson, about 200 kilometres
west of Edmonton.

The conviction carries an automatic life sentence with no chance at
parole for 10 years, but Justice L. J. Smith agreed Tuesday with the
Crown and defence and ruled Kleman can only apply after 18 years.

An agreed statement of facts described how Kleman strangled Stauffer and slashed her throat.

It also included descriptions of the weapons used, the results of DNA tests and details of video confessions he made.

The teen’s family fought back tears as they read their victim impact statements.

Court heard a psychiatric assessment determined Kleman is a low to
moderate risk to reoffend, but the Crown asserted he is a wolf in
sheep’s clothing. The prosecution also said that anyone capable of such
acts could do it again.

The defence countered by saying Kleman was obviously remorseful because
he opted to forgo a preliminary hearing and then pleaded guilty to
second-degree murder.

Kleman was charged with first-degree murder.

The judge also gave Kleman an additional two years for unrelated sexual
interference charges and a lifetime ban on possessing weapons.