No pa­role for Gar­land who will spend rest of his life in jail for triple mur­der.

No pa­role el­i­gi­bil­ity for triple mur­derer for 75 years

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

Triple mur­derer Dou­glas Gar­land will spend the rest of his life in prison for a crime the judge says was car­ried out with metic­u­lous plan­ning and pre­ci­sion.

Jus­tice David Gates on Fri­day im­posed a sen­tence on Gar­land that pre­vents the 57-year-old from seek­ing pa­role for at least 75 years from the time of his ar­rest, mean­ing he would have to live to the age of 129.

Gates said Gar­land’s de­gree of moral blame­wor­thi­ness in the deaths of Alvin and Kathy Lik­nes and their grand­son Nathan O’Brien in June 2014 is very high.

“It’s hard to imag­ine a more cun­ning, cruel or hor­rific set of cir­cum­stances,” Gates told the court­room, which ear­lier heard im­pact state­ments from the vic­tims’ fam­ily mem­bers.

Gar­land sim­ply said “no” when asked if he wanted to ad- dress the court.

Gates said he ac­cepted the Crown’s the­ory that the Lik­ne­ses and five-year-old Nathan were still alive after Gar­land at­tacked them at the cou­ple’s Cal­gary home. He then took them in the back of his pickup truck to his farm where he killed and dis­mem­bered them and burned their bod­ies.

The judge said the usual au­to­matic life sen­tence with a min­i­mum of 25 years be­fore pa­role el­i­gi­bil­ity needed to be in- creased be­cause of ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tors that in­cluded Nathan’s young age and Gar­land not ex­press­ing re­morse or re­gret.

“Nathan was in so many ways an ac­ci­den­tal vic­tim,” Gates said.

A jury con­victed Gar­land of three counts of first-de­gree mur­der on Thurs­day after hear­ing four weeks of tes­ti­mony that in­cluded dis­turb­ing de­scrip­tions of what the judge called “tools of his grue­some and bar­bar­ian acts.”

CP PHOTO

Crown prose­cu­tor Shane Parker, cen­tre, speaks to re­porters fol­low­ing a guilty ver­dict for Dou­glas Gar­land in Cal­gary, Alta., Thurs­day.

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