Man con­victed of 2005 Medicine Hat mur­der dies in prison

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY -

A man con­victed of a sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in Medicine Hat has died in a cen­tral Al­berta prison, the Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice Canada says.

Ge­orge Florkowski, 66, re­port­edly died Thurs­day at Bow­den In­sti­tu­tion where he was serv­ing a life sen­tence af­ter stab­bing to death his es­tranged wife’s new boyfriend af­ter trail­ing the pair to his ex­mother-in-law’s house.

Florkowski pled guilty to storm­ing the home in the south­east quad­rant of Medicine Hat on Jan. 26, 2005.

He lit it on fire, then fired a shot with a ri­fle, be­fore fa­tally stab­bing Henry Dyck, 55, ac­cord­ing to an agreed state­ment of facts.

Florkowski was ar­rested sev­eral hours later af­ter a stand­off with po­lice near Taber.

He was sen­tenced to life with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role for at least 10 years on Sept. 24, 2005, with 17 mem­bers of Dyck’s fam­ily in at­ten­dance.

A pos­si­ble cause of death for Florkowski was not re­ported Fri­day, though the fed­eral de­part­ment says emer­gency ser­vices were called but he was un­able to be re­sus­ci­tated.

Of­fi­cials say his next of kin have been no­ti­fied.

Po­lice and the coro­ner have also been no­ti­fied, and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice Canada will re­view the cir­cum­stances of the in­ci­dent.

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