A Fort McMurray man is back in court facing a minimum sentence of 10 years for second-degree murder.
On Friday, Nigel LaFrance returned to court as he prepares to be sentenced for the death of 26-year-old Anthony Yasinski – a crime he was found guilty of in December 2017.
Victim impact statements were read before the court as an emotional LaFrance continued to look ahead, holding back tears as each was read aloud.
A visibly distraught Mark Yasinksi, Anthony’s father, said he too, feels like he died that day.
“I cry for him every day – I’ll cry for him for the rest of my life. I still wait for him to come home – to come through the door and give me a hug,” Mark added with tears flowing down his face. “I have to realize that’s not going to happen.”
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Anthony’s mother Catherine addressed the court stating she wonders if she’ll be able to get through every day.
“I’m still dealing with the reality he’s gone. It’s hard to enjoy life – my body aches. I have a broken heart”
After hearing last-minute arguments from both the crown and defense, LaFrance took the time to apologize to the family.
“I’m not asking for forgiveness. I took from you a son, brother, a friend. I know that no words can help but I want you to know from the bottom of my heart I’m sorry.”
“I’m ready to accept the consequences of my actions.”
The crown is asking for a sentence between 14-18 years as even though he was found guilty of second-degree murder, they believe LaFrance made the decision to kill Yasinski.
His defence is looking for the minimum sentence of 10 years – a term that the jury also recommended.
LaFrance will officially be sentenced on Saturday, April 21.