2 Saskatchewan men get life for murder
The two Saskatchewan men who beat and shot Alec McMillan to death in a trailer in Saskatoon in 2007 have been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.
Benjamin Stav, 24, and Steven Waldner, 23, both pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a Saskatoon Queen's Bench courtroom Thursday.
Court heard that at the time of the offence, Jan. 31, 2007, Waldner was living with his pregnant girlfriend — McMillan's daughter. According to the evidence, McMillan, 54, was high on alcohol and drugs when he sent a series of threatening text messages demanding $200.
McMillan forced his way into Waldner's house trailer and pointed a sawed-off shotgun at Waldner and his friend, Stav. The two younger men wrested the gun away from McMillan, but then they started kicking and stomping on him.
They loaded him into the trunk of a car, drove to the outskirts of Saskatoon, and dumped him in a ditch. Then Stav shot him once in the back of the head.
Outside court, one of McMillan's friends, Dennis Demeria, said some questions remain unanswered.
"They were held at gunpoint and were not able to do anything, but there was a flurry of text messages going on," he said. "Now that would raise in my mind, if somebody's holding you at gunpoint, why would you allow that? And if you have the time and opportunity to text, why can't you call 911?"
McMillan's close family members read out a series of tearful victim impact statements. They described him as a good-humoured and loving husband, father and uncle.
Both Stav and Waldner, who had originally been charged with first-degree murder, expressed remorse and said they want to turn their lives around.