Yukon convicted killer Christina Asp was sentenced to two years in jail Friday for refusing to testify in the Norman Larue trial.
The judge said her refusal was deserving of serious consequences as it strikes at the heart of the justice system.
Last summer, Asp was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2008 killing of Gordon Seybold.
She was charged with contempt of court when she refused to testify against her co-accused at his trial this summer.
Through her lawyer, Asp told the court she wouldn't testify for personal reasons. She maintains she wasn't trying to help Larue and she has no more ties or loyalty to her former boyfriend.
Asp said she gave a full confession at her trial, admitting her responsibility in the killing, and Larue should have done the same.
She said she didn't think her testimony would have made any difference as Larue was convicted of first-degree murder and he's now serving a life sentence in prison.
Crown prosecutors said Asp’s refusal to tesify added at least a week to the trial that cost taxpayers thousands of dollars.
In his sentencing, Justice Scott Brooker said the money is of minor significance but he wondered aloud if the two-year jail sentence will have any consequence.
Asp is already serving a life sentence — the maximum sentence possible in Canada — so he can't add to it. Brooker said he also has no jurisdiction to add to the time she must serve before she becomes eligible for parole.
He said he simply hopes parole authorities will take this conviction into account when Asp becomes eligible for parole.