Christine Wood’s killer sentenced to life with no parole for 15 years

A woman holds a flower and a photo of Christine Wood during a vigil in Winnipeg, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

The man convicted of killing Christine Wood will be behind bars for at least 15 years.

Brett Overby was found guilty in May of second-degree murder for the death of Wood, who died in his basement in August 2016.


Overby told a courtroom he was responsible for her death, but his lawyer said he didn’t mean to kill her.

Second-degree murder sentences come with an automatic life sentence without the eligibility of parole for a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 25.

WATCH: George Wood, Christine Wood’s father speaks to media

Click to play video: '‘Our daughter Christine got justice today’: victim’s father'
‘Our daughter Christine got justice today’: victim’s father

According to Overby’s testimony, he and Wood met through a dating app and went for dinner and drinks. When they went back to his place on Burrows Avenue, they had sex twice.

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The pair got into an argument, he said, claiming she punched him at one point. When things calmed down, he took her into the basement to show her “a mouse skeleton.” When they got to the basement, he told the courtroom she had a knife and attacked him.

Overby said he didn’t remember what happened after, but remembers her laying face down in a pool of blood near his weight bench.

The defence, however, had other suggestions.

The judge said he felt 17 years was too long, and 12 years was too short.

WATCH: Winnipeg police officers describe what they found when searching Brett Overby’s home

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Day 3 of Brett Overby trial

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