Calgary

Calgary dad who killed kids given 3 life sentences

A Calgary man has been handed three concurrent life sentences for killing his two young children and trying to kill his estranged wife almost two years ago.
James Bing Jun Louie, 44, killed his son Jason, 13, and his daughter Jane, 9, on the night of Nov. 27, 2009, at their northwest Calgary home. ((CBC))

A Calgary man was handed three concurrent life sentences on Tuesday for killing his two young children and trying to kill his estranged wife almost two years ago.

James Bing Jun Louie, 44, used a rope to strangle his son Jason, 13, and a pillow to smother his daughter Jane, 9, in November 2009.

When his wife Ying Tang arrived at the couple's former home in the city's northwest, Louie tried to strangle her too. Police burst into the house just in time to save the woman.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Earl Wilson found Louie guilty  last month of second-degree murder of the two children, and guilty of the attempted murder of Tang.

On Tuesday, the judge told Louie he won't be eligible for parole for 18 years.

Wilson also said he will recommend that a portion of Louie's sentences be served in a psychiatric facility.

The Crown had argued that Louie should serve the entire 25 years behind bars, but Wilson said there are mitigating factors, including the fact Louie has shown remorse and didn't have a violent past.

Louie, who heard the proceedings through a Cantonese interpreter, did not show any emotion.

Tang was also present for the sentencing.

During the trial court heard that Louie was depressed about his separation from his wife and the couple's pending divorce.

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