Third man jailed in decade-old tor­ture killing

For­give­ness from vic­tim’s mother ‘very rare and very pow­er­ful,’ judge says

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The past 10 years of Cal­gary mom Linda Levesque’s life have been try­ing.

But Levesque said the jour­ney, which ended Wed­nes­day with the sen­tenc­ing of the last of her son’s killers, hasn’t just been fraught with pain.

“They have al­tered 10 years of our life, yes,” Levesque said of the three men who killed Daniel on June 29, 2008.

“They have al­tered that sig­nif­i­cantly,” Levesque said, af­ter Shel­don Worme was sen­tenced to life in prison with­out pa­role for a min­i­mum of 15 years.

“They haven’t re­ally taken it away. We’ve had lots of good hap­pen in the past 10 years as well. Some amaz­ing peo­ple have been brought into our lives to help us through this jour­ney. And, cer­tainly, we’re changed, we’re changed sig­nif­i­cantly 10 years later.”

The fact Levesque, through her faith, has been able to for­give the three men who bru­tally tor­tured her son in his Brae­side home, has helped her sur­vive that jour­ney.

“I truly be­lieve the words in the Lord’s Prayer to for­give those who have tres­passed against us. I be­lieve that for­give­ness is our only choice if we want to move for­ward.

“It hope­fully will free Shel­don and it cer­tainly has freed me to not carry that bur­den of bit­ter­ness and anger.”

Levesque’s com­ment came min­utes af­ter Court of Queen’s Bench Jus­tice Wil­lie deWit ac­cepted a joint Crown and de­fence sen­tenc­ing sub­mis­sion for Worme, who last week pleaded guilty to sec­ond-de­gree mur­der.

Worme, now 34, along with Aaron Lee Stevens and Derek Cam­peau, de­cided to rob the vic­tim in his home af­ter be­ing in­vited there to drink.

DeWit said the killing, in which the vic­tim was tor­tured while his killers tried to get him to give up a bank card PIN, was par­tic­u­larly bru­tal.

“The fact that this all took place so the per­pe­tra­tors could take a few hun­dred dol­lars made this more in­ex­pli­ca­ble,” the judge said.

“The vic­tim in this case was com­pletely in­no­cent and un­armed.”

He noted Linda Levesque for­gave Worme and the killer apol­o­gized for his ac­tions.

“This type of for­give­ness is very rare and very pow­er­ful,” deWit said.

For Levesque, Worme’s guilty plea in ad­vance of what was sup­posed to be a re­trial meant a lot.

“We’re grate­ful to be spared the agony of yet an­other trial,” she said.

“We hope that Shel­don’s time in cus­tody will be restora­tive, that he will be pre­pared to man­age his free­dom when that day comes.”

Both Cam­peau and Stevens were con­victed of man­slaugh­ter and handed lengthy prison terms.

GAVIN YOUNG

Linda Levesque, mother of Daniel Levesque, says she has for­given Shel­don Worme for his role in her son’s 2008 death. Worme was given a life sen­tence Wed­nes­day with no pa­role for at least 15 years.

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