Woman sentenced for role in murder
Suitcase with body tossed into dumpster
A Saskatoon woman who helped dispose of a body in a grisly murder in 2010 is going to prison for two years.
Simone Desjarlais pleaded guilty in January for her role in the death of Sandra Marie Ramsay. Desjarlais was sentenced Wednesday.
Ramsay's body was discovered May 15, in a downtown dumpster in an alley on the 200 block of 3rd Ave. S. It was jammed into in a suitcase and then tossed into the trash bin.
She was 18-years-old at the time and witnessed the woman's death at the hands of James Lee Busch.
Busch, 34, pleaded guilty in July to second-degree murder and is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 15 years.
He choked Ramsay to death over a $20 drug debt for crack cocaine.
After helping Busch dispose of the body, Desjarlais left the city with him.
The prosecutor on the case said Desjarlais' role merited prison time.
"This is an offense that strikes at the administration of justice," Michael Segu said Wednesday. "It helps conceal peoples' involvement. It helps hinder police investigations. It helps individuals attempt to get away with an offense."
Busch had been out of jail just two months when he killed Ramsay.
Parole board documents revealed that he had four previous convictions for violent offences, including assault with a weapon and assault of a peace officer.