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Dal­housie med­i­cal stu­dent re­ceives life in prison for mur­der con­vic­tion

Wil­liam San­deson ar­ranged a drug deal to kill a fel­low univer­sity stu­dent and steal nine kilo­grams of mar­i­juana, a Nova Sco­tia Supreme Court judge said Tues­day be­fore sen­tenc­ing the for­mer med­i­cal stu­dent and track ath­lete to life in prison with no chance of pa­role for 25 years.

San­deson was charged two years ago with first-de­gree mur­der in the death of 22-year-old Hal­i­fax res­i­dent Tay­lor Sam­son, a physics stu­dent at Dal­housie Univer­sity whose body has yet to be found.

“Where’s Tay­lor, Will?” Sam­son’s mother Linda Boutilier shouted to San­deson as he was escorted out of the court­room.

The sen­tence and pa­role el­i­gi­bil­ity pe­riod are au­to­matic for a con­vic­tion of first-de­gree mur­der, though San­deson was given credit for 693 days in cus­tody.

When asked by Jus­tice Josh Arnold if he would like to ad­dress the court, the 24-year-old shook his head, and in a hushed tone replied, “No, my Lord.”

Sam­son’s brother, 22-yearold Con­nor Sam­son, told the court the crime has left him feel­ing lost and scared.

“I’m afraid to lose some­one who’s re­ally close to me,” he said in a vic­tim im­pact state­ment.

His voice broke as he spoke about his older brother, say­ing he now fears for the fam­ily’s safety. San­deson, sport­ing a buzz-cut and a closely cropped beard, ap­peared emo­tion­less and stared in the di­rec­tion of Con­nor Sam­son as he read the state­ment dur­ing the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing.

Arnold said it was on Aug. 15, 2015 that Tay­lor Sam­son went to San­deson’s down­town Hal­i­fax apart­ment to sell nine kilo­grams of mar­i­juana for $40,000 as part of a pre­ar­ranged deal.

Sam­son was last seen alive on a video record­ing cap­tured by San­deson’s sur­veil­lance sys­tem that night.


Wil­liam San­deson is led into a Hal­i­fax court­room dur­ing his re­cent trial in the slay­ing of a fel­low Dal­housie Univer­sity stu­dent whose body has yet to be found.

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