Canada column for Sunday, Sept. 15/13
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
The toughest prison sentence since Canada’s last execution was given to an Alberta armored car guard who shot four of his fellow workers, three fatally.
Travis Baumgartner, 22, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 40 years.
Associate Chief Justice John Rooke called it an “unspeakable, outrageous, cowardly and cold-blooded crime . . . all with the simple motive of robbery.”
A new federal law allows consecutive parole ineligibility periods in multiple murders instead of the previous maximum of 25 years.
The death penalty was repealed in 1962 and the judge in this case could have imposed a parole wait of up to 75 years.
Rooke said Baumgartner showed “absolutely no compassion for life,” and shot the workers in the back of the head and ambushed a fourth guard waiting outside in a truck.
They were filling a cash machine at the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton.
Baumgartner pleaded guilty to murdering Brian Ilesic, 35, Eddie Rejano, 39, and Michelle Shegelski, 26, and the attempted murder of Matthew Schuman, 26.
He was arrested in British Columbia at the Canada-U.S. border carrying $400,000 in cash the next day.
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