A central Alberta man who bludgeoned his girlfriend to death will spend 16 years in prison before he can be eligible for parole, a judge decided Friday.
Teagan Klein was found dead in her duplex in Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 4, 2009.
Brett Jones, 20, admitted last December that he killed Klein, 23, with a garden tool, and locked her young son in the basement. In exchange for a guilty plea, his charge was reduced from first- to second-degree murder.
During sentencing arguments Friday, Jones, who grew up in Dartmouth, N.S., apologized to Klein's family and asked for their forgiveness. He was given a mandatory life sentence.
Klein's mother, Tari, who discovered her daughter's body, also testified in a victim impact statement, saying to Jones: "You are an evil, cruel monster, a monster with no remorse.
"Brett Jones, you have no right. I feel no remorse for you. You have given our families a life sentence, something I wish for you."
Klein's father, Michael Klein, asked a packed courtroom to "imagine the sheer horror" of what his daughter went through the night of her death.
"Normal is no more and will never be again," he told the Court of Queen's Bench. He described his daughter as "defenceless" as Jones viciously killed her.
He testified his grandson still misses his mother and is still scared of the "bad man."
Killer likely to reoffend
A pre-sentence psychological report found the former junior hockey player — who went to Alberta from Nova Scotia seeking work — shows no remorse and is likely to reoffend.
It also said he has violent tendencies, a substance abuse problem, and he suffers from a personality disorder.
In an agreed statement of facts, Crown lawyer Jason Snider said that a week before the murder, Jones had checked himself into a Red Deer hospital for two nights because he was experiencing violent and suicidal thoughts.
Court also heard that Klein and Jones had several "violent conflicts" leading up to the night of her killing.
Crown lawyer Jason Snider asked Justice Monica Bast to make Jones wait 17 years before he is eligible for parole. Jones' defence lawyer Alain Hepner requested 13 years.