British Columbia

Christmas party killer gets 15 years without parole

Eric Kirkpatrick has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for 15 years for the murder of his boss at a company Christmas party in Vancouver in 2008.

Eric Kirkpatrick has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for 15 years for the murder of his boss at a company Christmas party in Vancouver in 2008.

In B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver last December,Kirkpatrick was found guilty of second-degree murder for shooting Ben Banky.

The court heard during the trial that Kirkpatrick, 63, showed up carrying a shotgun at the TallGrass Distribution Co. Christmas party the day after he was fired.

He opened fire three times, killing Banky, 40, and sending terrified workers running from the building. No one else was injured.

Kirkpatrick surrendered to police at the scene after a two-hour standoff.

His lawyer said he was mentally ill at the time of the shooting and did not intend to kill anyone.

The Crown said that it was a revenge killing and argued for no parole eligibility for 18 to 22 years.

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