The father and stepmother of Shakeil Boothe — the a 10-year-old boy whose battered body was discovered in a suburban Toronto home — were sentenced today for second-degree murder.
Garfield Boothe will serve 18 years before he can apply for parole, and his partner Nichelle Boothe-Rowe will serve 13 years before she is able to apply for parole.
The judge made his decision based on who he believed delivered the final beating that ultimately killed the boy. The judge said he believes beyond reasonable doubt that it was Garfield Boothe who perpetrated the final beating.
The crown was asking Garfield Boothe serve 22 years before being eligible for parole, and 15 years for his wife.
They were convicted of second degree in early April, so both faced automatic life sentences.
Shakeil Boothe — who came from Jamaica to live with his father in 2009 — was regularly beaten, deprived of food and chained to his bed in the months before he was found dead in his bed in 2011, the court heard.
Jurors were told he died "minutes to hours" after a savage beating that left him with a black eye, bruised head, re-fractured rib and internal bleeding.
Nichelle Boothe-Rowe and Garfield Boothe were convicted of second-degree murder in April by a Brampton, Ont., jury after 14 hours of deliberation.
The guilty verdict carries a mandatory life sentence no possibility of parole for 10 to 25 years.
The exact length of the parole prohibition is what is to be determined today.