Crown wants Guy Turcotte to serve at least 20 years before being eligible for parole

Crown wants Guy Turcotte to serve at least 20 years before being eligible for parole

Main pic: Guy Turcotte enters the courtroom with his lawyers Pierre Poupart, left, and Guy Poupart, right, after the jury had a question on its second day of deliberation Tuesday, December 1, 2015 in Saint Jerome, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz.

SAINT-JEROME, Que. — The Crown is recommending that a former Quebec doctor convicted of murdering his two children serve at least 20 years in prison before being eligible to apply for parole.

Prosecutors made their case today at the sentencing hearing for Guy Turcotte, who was found guilty earlier this month of second-degree murder in the deaths of Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3.

The defence is suggesting that Turcotte serve less than 15 years, and closer to 10, before being eligible to apply.

A conviction on second-degree murder carries a sentence of life imprisonment but the court has some latitude on setting parole eligibility. The minimum time to be served before being able to apply is 10 years, while the maximum is 25 years.

Turcotte addressed the court and his ex-wife today, telling them he was ashamed of what he’d done, explaining he didn’t go to trial to make her feel responsible but as a way of explaining his actions.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Vincent will rule Jan. 15.

Earlier on Friday, Isabelle Gaston, Turcotte’s ex-wife and the mother of the slain children, delivered an emotional impact statement, telling Turcotte he’d broken her heart, but not her resolve.

The Canadian Press

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