Man convicted of 2005 Medicine Hat murder dies in prison
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.