Cana­dian man pleads guilty to Ohio mur­der

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - COLIN PERKEL TORONTO —

A Cana­dian-Amer­i­can man who fled from Ohio to Que­bec af­ter stran­gling his high school sweet­heart with a belt has pleaded guilty to mur­der and been sen­tenced to life be­hind bars.

Kyle Shep­pard, 33, of Toledo, Ohio, who’d been sched­uled to go on trial next month, will have to serve at least 15 years in prison be­fore be­ing el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

The case arose when Katie Shep­pard, 29, failed to re­port to work on Nov. 2, 2012. A friend, con­cerned for her safety, went with her boss to her home and found the house locked.

That evening, an of­fi­cer found her body, which po­lice said had been “posed” with the hands folded across each other, on the front porch of her home. She had been stran­gled with a belt and wrapped in a blan­ket.

Court doc­u­ments show the cou­ple had been mar­ried for four years and had been to­gether since high school. The re­la­tion­ship had soured and Kyle Shep­pard dis­cov­ered his wife was hav­ing an af­fair with a co-worker.

On the morn­ing of the mur­der, Kyle Shep­pard — a for­mer U.S. marine — sent an an­gry text mes­sage with sex­u­ally ex­plicit lan­guage to her lover.

Shep­pard, who was orig­i­nally from Wind­sor, Ont., and worked at an auto-parts sup­plier in Toledo, had called that morn­ing to say he would not be at work.

The dual cit­i­zen drove into Canada via Wind­sor af­ter the killing, prompt­ing au­thor­i­ties in the prov­ince to is­sue an alert for his ve­hi­cle. Two days later, he called po­lice from a mo­tel in Sague­nay, Que., north of Que­bec City and sur­ren­dered. He also con­fessed to them.

Shep­pard then spent sev­eral years in cus­tody in Mon­treal fight­ing ex­tra­di­tion to the United States. He was fi­nally handed over to Amer­i­can au­thor­i­ties af­ter the Que­bec Court of Ap­peal re­fused in June last year to over­turn the ex­tra­di­tion or­der.

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