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Laura Babcock murder: Two men get consecutive life sentences

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Two convicted killers will serve consecutive life sentences for the first degree murder of Laura Babcock, Canadian media has reported.

Dellen Millard, 32, and Mark Smich, 30, are already serving life sentences with no parole for the 2013 murder of Toronto-area man Tim Bosma.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Michael Code called the consecutive sentences “proportionate and just” in this case.

Millard and Smich will not be eligible for parole for 45 years.

Babcock, 22, was killed in July 2012. Her body was never found.

A Toronto jury convicted the men in her killing last December.

Millard faces another first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing his father in November 2012. He is to stand trial again in April.

Babcock’s family said in a victim impact statement earlier this month that they “learned to hate” after the murder of the 22-year-old university graduate, according to the Canadian Press.

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“We always taught our children not to use the word hate. It is too horrible and destructive, but you men have made us hate,” they said. “We’ve learned to hate.”

Prosecutors said during the trial that Millard wanted to get out of a love triangle with the young woman.

They argued that Millard and Smich shot and killed Babcock and used an animal incinerator to get rid of her remains.

An animal incinerator was also used by the two men to burn Bosma’s body.

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The duo killed the 32-year-old father after answering an advertisement Bosma posted in an attempt to sell his truck.

Timeline

2008 or 2009: Laura Babcock meets Dellen Millard and they date briefly

3-4 July 2012: Babcock killed

5 July 2012: Millard receives a commercial incinerator called The Eliminator

November 2012: Millard’s father, Wayne Millard, dies. His death is ruled a suicide

6 May 2013: Millard and Mark Smich kill Tim Bosma

14 May 2013: Millard charged with first-degree murder

21 May 2013: Mark Smich charged with first-degree murder for Bosma’s death

April 2014: Millard and Smich charged with first-degree murder for Babcock’s death

April 2014: Millard charged with first-degree murder for his father’s death

17 June 2016: Smich and Millard convicted of first-degree murder for Bosma’s death

16 December 2017: Smich and Millard convicted of first-degree murder for Babcock’s death

April 2018: Millard will stand trial for first-degree murder of his father


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