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Timeline: convictions that have led to consecutive murder sentencing in Canada

Watch: Almost two years after Terry Blanchette, his two-year-old daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and Coleman senior Hanne Meketech were killed in the Crowsnest Pass, the man responsible was given the maximum possible sentence. Quinn Campbell reports.

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Derek Saretzky was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with no chance of parole for 75 years for killing a father, daughter and senior in 2015. Federal legislation allows a judge to order a multiple murderer to serve more than the usual 25 years before being eligible to ask for parole.

Here are some other cases where the provision has been used:

February 2017

Douglas Garland is sentenced to life in prison without parole for 75 years for killing Alvin and Kathy Liknes and their five-year-old grandson Nathan O’Brien. Court heard how Garland attacked the three victims in their home, then took them to his farm near Calgary, where he killed and dismembered them, burning their remains. Garland held a petty grudge against Alvin Liknes over a business deal they had.

READ MORE: Timeline: Missing Calgary family Nathan O’Brien, Alvin and Kathryn Liknes

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June 2016

A homeless man who brutally beat three other transient men to death in separate attacks is sent to prison for life with no chance of parole for 75 years. John Ostamas pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree murder for the April 2015 killings that prompted police to warn Winnipeg’s homeless population to be careful.

READ MORE: John Ostamas sentenced to 75 years for murder of 3 homeless men

April 2015

Christopher Husbands is sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 30 years after a jury convicted him of gunning down two men in a crowded food court in Toronto’s Eaton Centre in June 2012. Last month, the Ontario Court of Appeal granted Husbands a new trial ruling the jury was not properly selected.

READ MORE: Eaton Centre shooter Christopher Husbands sentenced to 30 years in jail

October 2014

Mountie killer Justin Bourque hears from a judge in Moncton, N.B., that he will have to serve at least 75 years of his life sentence before he can request parole. Bourque shot and killed three RCMP officers and wounded two others in June 2014. He pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

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READ MORE: Timeline: How the Moncton shooting turned into a manhunt

September 2013

A judge in Edmonton sentences an armoured-car guard to life in prison with no chance at parole for 40 years for killing three of his colleagues during a robbery in a mall at the University of Alberta in June 2012. A fourth guard was badly hurt, but survived. Travis Baumgartner pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and attempted murder.

READ MORE: Edmonton Police share details of Travis Baumgartner’s arrest

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