Man who killed woman, 2 children gets life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years
Judge awaiting top court decision before sentencing Cory Fenn for murder of 2nd child
A man who murdered his on-again, off-again girlfriend and two of her children has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Justice Howard Leibovich handed down his sentence to Cory Fenn Tuesday morning in Superior Court in Oshawa.
Fenn, 33, was found guilty of three counts of second-degree murder for the 2018 killings of 39-year-old Krassimira Pejcinovski, her 15-year-old son, Roy, and her daughter, Venellia, 13.
Leibovich decided the parole ineligibility periods for the murders of Pejcinovski and Roy would be served concurrently.
The judge is now awaiting the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in the Alexander Bissonnette case on whether it is constitutional to impose consecutive periods of parole ineligibility for multiple murders before sentencing Fenn for Venellia's murder.
The Quebec Court of Appeal overturned the 40-year period of parole ineligibility for Bissonnette, who pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree murder after killing six people at a Quebec City mosque in 2017.
Murder of girl hours later a 'cruel' act
The outcome of the Quebec case could shape how Leibovich sentences Fenn.
Second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence with a minimum of 10 years before parole eligibility.
Leibovich said the murder of Venellia, who went by Vana, was a separate and distinct act that occurred five hours after the murders of her mother and brother.
"Mr. Fenn killed Vana in a desperate and futile attempt to escape detection," Leibovich said.
"In my view, having regard to the nature and circumstances of the offences and the character of Mr. Fenn, a consecutive parole ineligibility period must be imposed for the savage and cruel murder of Vana."
'Destroyed the family'
Leibovich called Fenn's actions "horrific" as he delivered the sentence.
"Mr. Fenn's actions destroyed the family and caused considerable harm to the community," Leibovich said Tuesday.
The Crown had sought a sentence of 72 years before Fenn could apply for parole, while Fenn noted 10 years would be "perfect." Fenn fired his lawyer before the trial and did not call a defence, although a court-appointed lawyer made closing submissions on his behalf.
Fenn lived in the basement of Pejcinovski's home and the two had a relationship the judge described as "toxic."
On March 14, 2018, Fenn stabbed Pejcinovski to death.
He went on to attack Roy, who was asleep in his mother's bed after a night playing video games. Fenn, a large man who had been on steroids, beat and then strangled the boy, court heard.
Fenn later attacked Venellia when the girl went to check on her mother. He beat the teen then stabbed her repeatedly with a butter knife.
Pejcinovski's boss worried about her and came to the home. Sherry Robinson testified she noticed blood on Fenn's arm when he answered the door. She demanded to see Pejcinovski, but Fenn said she was asleep. Robinson left and called police.
Fenn bolted before police arrived, but officers eventually tracked him down in a shed at an ex girlfriend's place.
Fenn told police after his arrest that he was in a state of cocaine psychosis at the time after a five-day binge. The judge didn't buy it.
Leibovich also did not accept the Crown's proposed motive that Fenn killed Pejcinovski after a breakup.
Rather, the judge said Fenn's own words were likely the closest court will hear about a motive. Fenn said he was fed up with Pejcinovski's questions about him being with another woman, and that he'd "had enough of that."
With files from Sara Jabakhanji and The Canadian Press