B.C. man guilty of killing Abbotsford teen to find out parole eligibility

Gabriel Klein will serve a life sentence for the second-degree murder of Letisha Reimer and the aggravated assault of her friend in November 2016.

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NEW WESTMINSTER  — The man who killed a 13-year-old girl and injured her friend at a high school in Abbotsford is expected to find out how long he will be in prison before he’s eligible for parole.

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Gabriel Klein will serve a life sentence for the second-degree murder of Letisha Reimer and the aggravated assault of her friend in November 2016.

B.C. Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes is expected to release her decision today on how long it will be before Klein is eligible to apply for parole.

The Crown argued at the sentencing hearing last month that Klein should serve at least 18 years before he can apply for release, while his lawyer says parole eligibility should be set at 12 years.

Klein was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the months after he stabbed the girls multiple times but was rejected for a defence of not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.

Reimer’s father, who spoke at the sentencing hearing, expressed doubts that Klein would receive a fit sentence for the damage caused to his family by his daughter’s death.

Klein will also be given the chance to address the victims’ friends and family at today’s hearing.

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