Killer gets life, no pa­role for 75 years

North Bay Nugget - - NATIONAL NEWS - Bill Grav­e­land

LeTh­BrIdge, alta. — an al­berta man who butchered a father, his two-year-old daugh­ter and a woman will be ap­proach­ing his 100th birth­day be­fore he is el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for pa­role af­ter be­ing sen­tenced to life in prison.

derek saret­zky, 24, was con­victed of three counts of first­de­gree mur­der in June for the 2015 deaths of Terry Blanchette, Blanchette’s daugh­ter hai­ley dun­bar-Blanchette and 69-yearold hanne Meketech.

a con­vic­tion of first-de­gree mur­der car­ries an au­to­matic life sen­tence with no chance of pa­role for 25 years.

But Jus­tice Wil­liam Tille­man was asked by the Crown to make the pe­ri­ods of pa­role in­el­i­gi­bil­ity con­sec­u­tive, mean­ing saret­zky couldn’t ap­ply for free­dom for 75 years.

Tille­man agreed with the re­quest not­ing that means the saret­zky will likely spend the rest of his life in jail.

saret­zky was also sen­tenced to five years for caus­ing an in­dig­nity to the lit­tle girl’s body, which is to be served con­cur­rently.

“I’m sat­is­fied he is dan­ger­ous,” Tille­man told a Leth­bridge court Wed­nes­day.

Tille­man said each mur­der was a sep­a­rate and de­lib­er­ate event caus­ing heart­break for the Crowsnest Pass com­mu­nity, where the killings hap­pened.

The judge noted five days passed be­tween Meketech’s killing and the mur­ders of Blanchette and his daugh­ter.

“as he car­ried out these three mur­ders, Mr. saret­zky gained mo­men­tum,” the judge said, adding saret­zky would have been sur­rounded by the grief and ter­ror of his com­mu­nity.

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