Travis Baumgartner's sentence of life with no parole for at least 40 years, imposed by a judge in Edmonton, Alberta, was the most severe in Canada since the country held its last two executions in 1962, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. It was made possible by a 2011 law that allows judges to impose consecutive periods of parole ineligibility when there are multiple victims.
While Baumgartner pleaded guilty Monday to one count of first-degree murder, two of second-degree murder and the attempted murder of another co-worker who suffered brain damage, he showed no remorse during the sentencing. But Associate Chief Justice John Rooke sometimes had trouble speaking as he described the killings.
"These are absolutely some of the most horrendous crimes that anyone can imagine," Rooke said. "It's hard to put into words the revulsion of society, of this court, of the public."
Relatives of the victims packed the courtroom, some of them wiping away tears, the Edmonton Journal reported.
Eddie Rejano, 39, Michelle Shegelski, 26, and Brian Ilesic, 35, were killed as they loaded bills into automated teller machines on the University of Alberta campus in June 2012. Matthew Schuman survived despite being shot three times in the head.
Baumgartner, then 21, escaped with about $400,000. He was arrested a few days later as he attempted to enter the United States from British Columbia.
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