Pickton Gets Life

Robert Pickton has been sentenced to the maximum term possible for his second-degree murder convictions in the deaths of six women: life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

The 58-year old still faces an additional 20 murder charges. However, considering the expense and length of his first trial on six charges (jury selection began December 12, 2006; sentence was read December 11, 2007) and the fact that he’ll almost certainly be spending the rest of his life behind bars in any case, even British Columbia’s Attorney-General Wally Oppal questions whether there will ever be a second trial.

If there was a second trial, and if the verdict on all charges was guilty, Pickton would have the distinction of being Canada’s most deadly serial killer.