Serial killer handed life sentence with no parole for 25 years
"There is nothing I can say to adequately express the revulsion the community has with regards to these killings."
Convicted killer Robert William Pickton will serve 25 years of a life sentence before he can apply for parole.
Justice James Williams imposed the sentence yesterday after a heartbreaking day in court during which the tears and sobs of victims’ families left Pickton blank-faced and silent.
“What happened to them was senseless and despicable,” Williams said. “There is nothing I can say to adequately express the revulsion the community has with regards to these killings.”
Pickton kept his eyes cast downwards except once when the judge said he had expressed no remorse.
A jury convicted Pickton Sunday of six counts of second-degree murder in the slayings of Sereena Abotsway, Marnie Frey, Andrea Joesbury, Georgina Papin, Mona Wilson and Brenda Wolfe.
Twenty-five years without being eligible for parole is the maximum sentence for second-degree murder.
Cheers and shouts of “Yes” erupted in the courtroom after the judge announced the sentence.
“He got what he deserved,” said Patricia Evans, sister of Wolfe.
Before sentencing yesterday, the judge asked the Port Coquitlam, B.C., pig farmer whether he had anything to say, but his lawyer, Peter Ritchie, spoke on his behalf.
“There are things Mr. Pickton would like to say in connection with this matter. He would like to address the court,” said Ritchie. “He wishes to speak, but he’s accepted advice not to.”
The judge asked for confirmation. “So he has nothing to say?”
Again, Ritchie said his client wanted to speak but could not because of the additional charges against him.