A Calgary murder case has established a significant Canadian precedent. For the first time, a multiple murderer has been sentenced to 75 years in prison without parole eligibility in a case in which the bodies of the victims were not found. A judge imposed the crushing penitentiary term – three consecutive life sentences – on Douglas Garland (inset) in February 2017, after he was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of five-year-old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents, Alvin Liknes, 66, and Kathy Liknes, 53. Only a handful of Canadian killers have been sentenced to prison terms longer than 25 years, under changes to criminal law that came into force in 2011.
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Three decades have passed since the southwestern Ontario city of Sarnia was rocked by the double murder of two teenage girls. On August 21, 1983, Kim Sauve, 15, and her close friend, Shelley Brazeau, 16, disappeared. Their bodies were found three days later in a cornfield. The pair died from repeated blows to the head. Richard Lawrence Boudreau, 25, (inset), a Sarnia drug dealer, was arrested the next day. Boudreau eventually admitted that he picked the girls up in his car on Aug. 21, but he maintained his innocence. Strong circumstantial evidence led to his conviction on two counts of second-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 20 years.