Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

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Convicted killer Bruce McArthur has been sentenced to life in prison.   -   Copyright  Facebook via Reuters

TORONTO — A Canadian judge has sentenced serial killer Bruce McArthur to life in prison with no chance for parole for 25 years.

Convicted killer Bruce McArthur has been sentenced to life in prison.
Convicted killer Bruce McArthur has been sentenced to life in prison.Facebook via Reuters

McArthur pleaded guilty last week to eight counts of first-degree murder. The 67-year-old former landscaper sexually assaulted, killed and dismembered men he met in Toronto's Gay Village district over seven years.

Justice John McMahon called McArthur on Friday a sexual predator who killed for his own "warped sick gratification" and said the victims suffered slow and painful deaths. He called their dismemberments pure evil, but said the guilty plea spared a jury four months of gruesome evidence.

Prosecutor Craig Harper had asked for a parole ineligibility period of 50 years. The judge says that would've only been symbolic.

McArthur will now be eligible for parole when he is 91.