Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Laura Szendrei murderer sentenced as an adult to life in prison - seven years is not life

The Surrey Leader is reporting that the person who murdered 15-year-old Laura Szendrei was sentenced to life in prison, serving his time as an adult. This is good but flawed. He committed the outrageous murder one week shy of his 18th birthday.

Thanks to the advocacy of Chuck and Dona Cadman, young offenders who commit violent crime can be tried as an adult. Murder is a serous crime and it was proper for this person to be tried as an adult. Since he’s over 18 now it is proper for him to serve his sentence as an adult.

However, life in prison means life in prison. It doesn’t mean seven years in prison. Seven years for a brutal murder is outrageous. The new legislation states that a young offender who is tried as an adult and convicted can be named. That is the next step that needs to be taken.

Another step that needs to be taken is to fire Robert Ley. Ley is a “forensic psychologist” that should have nothing to do with the courts. He is a nutbar. Dr. Paul Janke on the other hand, should receive a promotion. Dr. Paul Janke understands natural justice. Robert Ley does not.


  1. I think it's 7 years before he can apply for parole, which has a very high chance of being rejected.

  2. Ah but that’s the problem. After seven years he can apply for parole and it is possible he could get it. That’s a huge concern. When he applies after seven years the family has to show up and present more victim impact statements asking the judge not to grant parole. They shouldn’t have to go through all that again. Especially not every time the lunatic applies for early parole. He said “sorry” in court but the doctor said he showed no signs of remorse and had a high likelihood of reoffending. That’s good enough for me. This seven year parole thing shouldn’t even be on the table. Not for murder.

  3. Parole means he will never be truly free. However he will go on living, which Laura can't.
    No matter how he goes on living....the question remains, as Laura's mother asked "How can he live with himself?"

  4. Parole means he's not longer in prison.


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