Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Queen's pilot gets life for murders

Colonel Russell Williams has been jailed after admitting two counts of murder

A Canadian commander once selected to fly the Queen on a tour of the country has been sentenced to two life sentences with no possibility of parole for 25 years for murdering two women.

Colonel Russell Williams has 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 items of underwear from women and young girls.

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

Williams was a rising star in the military before he was charged earlier this year. The charges have shocked Canadians and shaken the military to its core.

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