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Serial killer Bruce McArthur to be sentenced today

ADDS IDS In this artist's sketch, serial killer Bruce McArthur (centre) attends his sentencing hearing in Toronto on Monday, Feb.4, 2019. From left, Detective Hank Idsinga, (a photo of Andrew Kinsman ), Lawrence Parasram of police forensics, McArthur, Justice John McMahon, Greg Dunn (friend of Kinsman), Dunn's friend for support, and friends and family of the victims.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexandra Newbould


TORONTO — Serial killer Bruce McArthur is set to be sentenced today.

The 67-year-old self-employed landscaper pleaded guilty last week to murdering eight men with ties to Toronto’s gay village.

The Crown is seeking a life sentence with no chance of parole for 50 years.

The defence has asked that sentences for all eight first-degree murder counts be served concurrently, which would make McArthur eligible for parole in 25 years.

First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years, but when there are several convictions, the court can impose consecutive periods of parole ineligibility.

McArthur has admitted to murdering Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.

The Canadian Press

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