George Allgood gets life sentence for murder of Susan Reinhardt
49-year-old not eligible to apply for parole for 25 years
George Allgood, the Saskatoon man convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, has been given a life sentence with no opportunity for parole for 25 years.
Allgood, 49, was convicted Monday in Saskatoon for the first-degree murder of Susan Reinhardt. He was also found guilty of trying to kill her boyfriend, David Ristow.
Reinhardt was killed in 2006 with a blast from a 12-gauge shotgun while she slept in her City Park home. Ristow was sleeping next to her and was seriously injured.
"I feel justice has been done," Cecil Adamson, a friend of Reinhardt, said Friday.
Adamson added that Reinhardt had expressed concern, in the past, about Allgood.
"What happened is exactly what she always feared would happen," Adamson said. "I don't feel I'm saying anything out of place by saying that, because she mentioned it to so many people."
Prior to handing down the sentence, the court was presented with a number of victim impact statements from members of Reinhardt's family, including her mother and step-father.
Court learned, through the statements, that Reinhardt's son was traumatized by her death and continues to struggle with the loss.
"She was a lovely person and a great mother," Adamson added. "I know quite often we tend to eulogize [and] put people on a pedestal when they're gone, but I'm being honest when I say she really was special."
Allgood sorry, but claims he is innocent
Allgood also addressed the court and continued to insist he was not responsible for the shooting.
He said he was moved by the victim impact statements and was only learning for the first time about what his son has been going through.
"I did not kill Susan Reinhardt," Allgood said, his voice getting louder. "I know this is when I'm supposed to be remorseful, but I didn't do anything."
The judge reminded Allgood that the trial was over and the court was looking for comments on sentencing.
"I am sorry for what Susan and Mr. Ristow had to go through, but I'm not the one who did it. Period," Allgood said.
A conviction for first-degree murder leads to an automatic sentence of life in prison with no parole eligibility for 25 years. The judge applied that sentence and also sentenced Allgood to 25 years for the attempted murder of Ristow. That time will be served concurrently with the first-degree murder sentence.
Judge did not accept Allgood's story
From the trial, it was learned that Allgood described — in detail — to undercover officers how he killed Reinhardt. The prosecution's case relied heavily on the admission.
During his testimony, however, Allgood claimed he was lying about his role in Reinhardt's murder and was making up the story because he feared for his life. He said he gleaned details about the killing from news reports.
The judge did not find that credible and convicted Algood.