||10-21-2010 04:38 PM
Russell Williams sentenced to 2 life sentences
Judge sentences ?sadosexual serial killer? Williams to two life sentences - thestar.com
BELLEVILLE — Col. Russell Williams, who Judge Robert Scott said today “will forever be remembered as a sadosexual serial killer,” has been sentenced to two concurrent life sentences with no possibility of parole for 25 years.
“I stand before you, your Honour, indescribably ashamed,” David Russell Williams told the court Thursday.
“I know that the crimes I committed . . .” And then the man who killed two women and sexually assaulted two others after a string of fetish thefts paused for a long time.
“. . . have traumatized many people. The family and friends of Marie-France Comeau and Jessica Lloyd in particular have suffered.”
Comeau, 37, and Lloyd, 27, were killed after hours of torture and rape by Williams, then commander of the largest air force base in Canada.
“. . . and continue to suffer profound desperate pain and sorrow as a result of what I’ve done.
“My family has been irreparably harmed.”
His voice weak, Williams snivelled as he spoke on the last day of hearings into his 88 crimes. He pleaded guilty and was convicted of all of them.
His sexual assault victims, Jane Doe and Laurie Massicotte, have “suffered terribly” as well, he said.
“I’ve committed despicable crimes, your Honour, in the process betraying my friends, my friends and colleagues and the Canadian Forces,” Williams said.
“I will spend the rest of my life regretting most of all that I have ended two vibrant, innocent and cherished lives.”
Williams will be thrown out of the military, stripped of his rank and forced to pay back his salary accumulated since his arrest, Lt.-Gen. Andre Deschamps, chief of air staff, said Thursday.
“We are now able to take action,” Deschamps said at a news conference at the base Williams commanded.
“There will not be a separate military court martial,” because Williams has already been convicted in civilian court, said Deschamps. At the moment, “there is no foundation for removing his pension.”
“Don’t call him colonel,” said Deschamps. Although the process will take time, Deschamps believes Williams lost the privilege of his rank on conviction.
Jessica Lloyd’s brother Andy spoke outside the courthouse afterwards. “As long as he dies in jail, I’m happy.” Of Williams’ statement, he said, “I’m not sure that man can show any emotion.”
“I’m glad he cried,” Jessica’s mother, Roxanne, said as she held a framed picture of her daughter. “Justice was served.”
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