Former Canadian air base chief gets life for murders

THE former commander of Canada’s largest air force base said yesterday he deeply regretted his “despicable crimes”, moments before he was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years for murdering two women.

Col Russell Williams pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two sexual assaults and 82 counts of breaking-and-entering, during which he took hundreds of underwear from women and young girls.

Ontario judge Robert F Scott sentenced Williams after the disgraced former elite pilot tearfully addressed the court, lamenting his crimes and the pain he has caused the victims and their families and friends.

“I stand before you indescribably ashamed,” Williams said, his voice cracking. “I know that the crimes I have committed have damaged many people.”

Justice Robert Scott said he believes Williams is sincere in his regrets, but nonetheless declared him a “sick and dangerous” man.

Williams pleaded guilty to murdering Jessica Lloyd, 27, whose body was found in February, and Marie Comeau, a 37-year-old corporal under his command who was found dead in her home last November. Both women were asphyxiated.

Williams took pictures of himself in the women’s bedrooms, posing in their underwear, and he meticulously catalogued the photos on a hard drive and stored the undergarments in his home. Some of the victims were as young as 11.

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