By The Canadian Press on July 11, 2018.
CALGARY – A Calgary man convicted of killing his girlfriend and attempting to frame her death as a suicide has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Luke Anthony MacLeod, who is 34, was sentenced Tuesday after he pleaded guilty in April to a charge of manslaughter in the March 2015 death of Sheri Michelle Carpen.
MacLeod was originally charged with second-degree murder when he was arrested in Coaldale, Alta., in November of the same year.
Court heard he told police Carpen killed herself, but an autopsy and an investigation revealed the 31-year-old woman suffered blunt force trauma to her head and had been strangled during a fight fuelled by cocaine and alcohol.
The woman’s body was found in the basement of a Calgary home.
Prior to sentencing, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Keith Yamauchi noted that it took nearly two minutes for MacLeod to squeeze the life out of his girlfriend.
Yamauchi called the violent acts of the accused and his attempt to pose Carpen’s death as a suicide as “cruel and cowardly.”
Crown prosecutor Shane Parker said the “aggravating features” of the relationship were the escalation of violence, the final assault and MacLeod’s story that Carpen was sort of responsible for her own death.
“That was a provable lie,” said Parker. “The family really did believe (suicide) was a possibility and I think that caused a lot of confusion for them because then you start doubting yourself.”
Members of Carpen’s family were not in court for the sentencing – an absence Parker attributes to the toll the lengthy and emotional trial had on them. (CTV Calgary)
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