The man who killed Laura Szendrei, 15, was sentenced to life in prison, which enticed cheers from the courtroom this week. He is not eligible for parole for at least seven years, according to The Inquisitr on Oct. 19.
The man, whose name was never released, killed Szendrei when he was just days away from his 18th birthday. He was convicted of beating Szendrei to death in September of 2010. The beating took place in a wooded area of a suburban Vancouver park. Szendrei’s friends heard her screaming when they were walking through the park.
Her friends found Szendrei and she was taken to a hospital where she died from injuries she received in this severe beating. The judge residing over the case, Judge Robin Baird, said:
“Even if I accept that the accused left his home without the intention to kill someone, it was clear that he was resolved to commit rape and prepared to use a significant degree of violence to facilitate that intention or, if he was unsuccessful, his victim would be incapable of bearing witness against him.”
If this killer had been tried and sentenced as a youth, the crime would carry the sentence of only seven years. This would entail only four years behind bars with the remaining three years served in the community. This horrendous crime justified a much stiffer sentence because of the degree of brutality as the judge explained above.