CALGARY- The man who plead guilty in the death of a young woman in Medicine Hat refuses to say how the nursing student died, or where her body is.
23-year-old Amy Lewis went missing in June 2012. Despite an extensive search, her body was never found.
Three days after her disappearance, Jerrison Herve Stopanski was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. His trial was scheduled to begin next month, but on Monday he changed his not guilty plea, instead pleading guilty to manslaughter.
During a sentencing hearing on Tuesday, Stopanski apologized to Lewis’ family, saying he will ‘carry this in his heart for the rest of his life.’
“It’s going to be a matter of time as to whether we really recognize how he truly feels about what he said in court today,” said Lewis’ uncle, Raymond Strom. “At face value, certainly we can say that he appears to have a sense of remorse.”
The Crown is asking for an eight year prison sentence minus credit for time served, while the defence wants six years behind bars. The judge hands down the ruling on Thursday.