Douglas Garland appeal: court upholds sentence for man convicted of killing Calgary couple, grandson
The Alberta Court of Appeal has upheld the sentence for a man who killed two people and their young grandson.
Douglas Garland was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 75 years after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder in the slayings of Calgary couple Alvin and Kathy Liknes and five-year-old Nathan O’Brien.
The trial judge had ruled the automatic life sentence with a minimum 25 years before parole eligibility needed to be increased because of aggravating factors, including Nathan’s young age and Garland not expressing remorse.
Garland’s lawyers called the sentence vengeful and “excessive and harsh” since he would be 129 years old before…