Murdered teen's family wants changes for young offenders
The family of a murdered Victoria-area teenager has proposed seven changes to the Youth Criminal Justice Act as they call on the federal and B.C. governments to protect society from dangerous youths.
Kimberly Proctor's parents, grandparents and brother told a news conference Thursday that they've sent letters to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and B.C. Premier Christy Clark outlining the changes.
Kimberly’s father, Fred Proctor, said Ottawa needs to toughen penalties for young offenders raised to adult court.
He said he wants truth in sentencing so that youth who are sentenced as adults receive full adult sentences.
Proctor said the family is still reeling that the two teens who raped, tortured and murdered his 18-year-old daughter in March 2010 are eligible for parole in 10 years as opposed to the adult sentence of life with parole eligibility after 25 years.
"We were led to believe they were going to be sentenced as adults," he said. "This is a farce. It's ridiculous."
"Is the rest of the country aware of this? It's a farce. Does that mean in seven years' time we're going to have to go through a parole hearing and get dragged through all this garbage again?"
The Proctor family is calling the proposed changes Kimberly's Law.
Kruse Wellwood, 17, and Cameron Moffat, 18, eventually pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Proctor, whom they admitted they lured to Wellwood's house, then raped, tortured and suffocated before setting fire to her remains.
The pair were sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 10 years.