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Ontario mother receives son’s remains more than five years after his killing

Sandra Hallam poses for a portrait in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., on Thursday, August 4, 2016. A grieving northern Ontario woman says she just wants the rest of her slain son's remains returned to her. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kenneth Armstrong

A northern Ontario woman finally has the last of her son’s remains more than five years after he was fatally stabbed, decapitated and dismembered.

Wesley Hallam was killed at a drug-fuelled house party in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., in 2011.

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His head and feet, which became key pieces of evidence in the investigation into his horrific death, weren’t released until earlier this week.

Sandra Hallam says a local funeral home had her son’s remains cremated Wednesday morning and she will finally have a funeral for him next week.

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Three men – Eric Mearow, Ronald Mitchell and Dylan Jocko – pleaded guilty to manslaughter and causing an indignity to a human body in a surprising plea deal reached in late July, just months before their first-degree murder trial was set to begin.

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Hallam says she is relieved to have her son’s remains together, but says the reality of a funeral has driven home the finality of it all.

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