A Winnipeg man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for the second-degree murder of Simone Sanderson, 23.
Kyllan Ellis, 30, must serve 12 years before becoming eligible to apply for parole – an increase of two years in the usual waiting period.
Sanderson, a mother of one, was last seen alive on August 26, 2012.
Her body was found a week later, concealed in an empty lot at the corner of Main Street and Burrows Avenue.
Sanderson’s family shared victim impact statements in court.
In a statement prepared by her grandmother and read in court by the Crown attorney, Betty-Anne Sanderson said she lost her joy and peace in life when she lost Simone.
“She was like a daughter to me,” Betty-Ann’s statement read. “I was angry and devastated.”
Sanderson’s father also submitted a statement.
Ellis pleaded not guilty to second degree murder in May. He has been in custody since his arrest in April 2016.