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Bruce McArthur to be sentenced Friday

Last Updated Feb 6, 2019 at 9:34 am EST

In this artist's sketch, serial killer Bruce McArthur (centre) attends his sentencing hearing in Toronto on Feb.4, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexandra Newbould

Family and friends of men murdered by Bruce McArthur will find out in two days what the future hold for the Toronto serial killer — hope that he could live to apply for parole — or none at all.

Friday is when a judge will announce whether the 67-year-old landscaper will be able to apply in 25 years — or 50.

The Crown wants the latter, but the defence wants McArthur to serve life with a chance to apply for parole in 25 years.

Court heard in a two-day sentencing hearing this week that many of McArthur’s victims were immigrants and of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent.

Some lived parts of their life in secret because of their sexual orientation.

Police arrested McArthur in January 2018.

Last week he pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder.

McArthur had a chance to address the court yesterday, but declined.

He had no reaction to the two days of victim impact statements and graphic details of his crimes.


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