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12/5/2017 5:04:35 PM


How long Basil Borutski will be ineligible for parole is still undecided.

Borutski was convicted last month on one count of second-degree murder in the killing of 66-year-old Carol Culleton and two-counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 48-year-old Nathalie Warmerdam and 36-year-old Anastasia Kuzyk, and was in Pembroke court today for day one of his sentencing hearing.

The morning session from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. was spent hearing victim impact statements from Warmerdam's family and a friend of Culleton's who was texting her on the day of the murders and a community impact statement was read as well.

According to the CBC, before a lunch break, Crown Jeffery Richardson presented his case that Borutski should receive 70 years of parole ineligibility, putting him at the age of 128 before he's eligible for parole when you consider time served.

The brief afternoon session was when Borutski had a chance to speak, but he didn't respond.

Friend of the court, James Foord, said he agrees there needs to be some consecutive ineligibility but wouldn't give a specific number of years and added that the chance for hope and rehabilitation needs to be kept in mind.

Justice Robert Maranger adjourned court and Borutski's sentencing hearing will resume at 11 a.m. on December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

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