The crime of passion that shocked Canada happened in 2012. Laura was 23 and involved in a love triangle when she was killed and burned.
More than two months after being found guilty of Laura Babcock’s death, Deleen Millard and Mark Smich were in court on Monday to read the verdict.
The two men were sentenced to two life sentences each and in reading the sentence the judge ruled that they would be served consecutively, meaning that convicted persons could only apply for parole after serving a 50-year sentence.
“We can be assured that these horrible specimens of humanity will not come outside of a prison for decades to come,” Laura Babcock’s father, Clayton, told reporters on Monday, accompanied by other members of the Babcock family.
“We must admit that it was satisfying to see the two cuffed and shuffling off to the prison shuttle, to a life that to most of us would be unbearable.”
If the sentences were met simultaneously, Millard and Smich could appeal to parole after 25 years. The judge made sure these killers would not re-enter society anytime soon.
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.