Edmonton

LRT killer must serve 15 years before parole

The man who shot and killed a woman at the Edmonton LRT Stadium Station two years ago should be in prison for at least 20 years before he is eligible for parole, argued the Crown prosecutor Friday.

The man who shot and killed a woman at the Edmonton LRT Stadium Station two years ago must serve 15 years in prison before he is eligible for parole, ruled a judge Friday.

Colton Ferguson, shown here being interrogated, is being sentenced for murder. (EPS)

Colton Ferguson, 21, was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Heather Thurier after shooting her at point blank range with a sawed-off rifle during an exchange of words May 21, 2010.

Crown prosecutor Richard Tchir called the crime a brazen and cold-blooded murder — a random, irrational, senseless act.

Tchir urged the judge to sentence Ferguson to at least 20 years before parole.  

Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 10 years.

Tchir pointed to Ferguson's criminal record which includes convictions for robbery in 2009 and for assault with a weapon in March 2010.

Tchir noted Ferguson was prohibited to have a weapon in his possession at the time of the murder.

At Friday's sentencing hearing, Tchir argued Ferguson's culpability is similar to a person convicted of first-degree murder.

Defence lawyer Ashok Gill suggested Ferguson serve no more than 12 years before being eligible for parole.

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