January 15, 2016 11:44 am
Updated: January 15, 2016 8:11 pm

Judge rules Guy Turcotte must serve 17 years before parole eligibility

WATCH ABOVE: Guy Turcotte was found guilty of second-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of his two children and will have to spend 17 years behind bars before being eligible for parole. Global's Tim Sargeant reports.

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SAINT-JEROME, Que. – A Quebec man found guilty of second-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of his two children will have to spend 17 years behind bars before becoming eligible to seek parole.

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Guy Turcotte was found guilty of second-degree murder by a jury in December in the 2009 stabbing deaths of his two children.

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The conviction carries an automatic life sentence but the court had some latitude on setting parole eligibility.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Vincent ruled Friday that Turcotte must serve at least 17 years before being allowed to apply for release.

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The Crown had asked that Turcotte serve at least 20 years before being allowed to apply for parole while the defence had suggested between 10 and 15 years.

Turcotte has appealed the verdict and is seeking a new trial.

WATCH: Guy Turcotte was found guilty of second-degree murder.

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