Nova Scotia

No appeal of MacRae murder sentence

Crown prosecutors will not appeal the amount of time Jason MacRae must spend in prison before applying for parole.
The Crown will not appeal Jason MacRae's prison sentence. (CBC)

Crown prosecutors will not appeal the amount of time Jason MacRae must spend in prison before applying for parole.

MacRae, 37, was sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder on March 2, more than five years after his wife, Paula Gallant, was strangled and shoved in the trunk of her car.

Crown attorney Denise Smith called the 15-year term "disappointing." She wanted MacRae to serve at least 20 years before being eligible for parole.

The Crown reviewed the decision to see if the sentencing judge erred in law.

But after looking at the case, they determined there were no grounds for an appeal, Chris Hansen, spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service, said Monday.

Paula Gallant and her daughter. ((CBC))

MacRae killed Gallant in their basement on Dec. 27, 2005. The two were fighting over his VISA debt for online gambling, according to an agreed statement of facts.

MacRae grabbed a two-by-four and hit Gallant on the back of the head. He strangled her with both hands and wrapped her head in plastic wrap for 20 minutes.

He stuffed his wife's body in the trunk of her car and parked it near Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea Elementary School, where Gallant taught Grade 3.

For years, Gallant's homicide was one of Nova Scotia's most high-profile unsolved cases.

In October 2009, an undercover officer befriended MacRae and got him to talk about killing his wife. MacRae was charged with first-degree murder last August.

He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree murder.

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