LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — An Alberta man who butchered a father, his two-year-old daughter and an elderly woman two years ago is expected to come face-to-face today with the families of his victims.
It took a jury just three hours Wednesday to convict Derek Saretzky of three counts of first-degree murder and a fourth charge of causing indignity to a human body.
The 24-year-old murdered Terry Blanchette, his daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and 69-year-old Hanne Meketech in the Crowsnest Pass area of southwestern Alberta in September 2015.
The jury recommended he not be eligible for parole for 75 years.
Saretzky is scheduled to face sentencing arguments and hear eight impact statements from friends and family members of the three victims.
Crown prosecutor Photini Papadatou expects two or three of them will be read aloud in court.
Defence lawyer Patrick Edgerton told reporters that the case was emotional for everyone involved.
“This has been a tough process for everyone involved