Laura Szendrei's murderer has now been sentenced, and he faces life in prison though he will be eligible for parole. Global News shared the latest details on the case on Oct. 18.
The now 21-year-old man has not been identified, because he was a teen when the murder happened and his lawyer is trying to get a publication ban on the case. Laura Szendrei was 15 at the time of her murder in British Columbia in September 2010. The man accused of beating her to death pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2012.
The man could have been sentenced as a child, but the judge in the case chose to impose an adult sentence. The man received life in prison and has no chance of parole for at least the next seven years. The judge felt that an adult sentence was appropriate in this case given the circumstances and the suspect's maturity. The killer was just days away from turning 18 at the time of the attack and murder.
The details of Laura Szendrei's murder are heartbreaking and gruesome. The killer also apparently had attacked other females in at least three previous incidents. He intended to rape Szendrei, but when she screamed, he beat her with a pipe. She died the day after the attack. Laura Szendrei's killer will first be eligible for parole on Feb. 20, 2018.