A B.c. woman who confessed to killing her boyfriends dad after he suffered a stroke has been sentenced to life in prison.
Marie Clements, 22, was found guilty of first-degree murder in June 2016.
The Crown argued Clements had the motive to kill her boyfriend Robert, who she had dated for three years.
“The evidence demonstrates that she was motivated to commit this heinous act to inflict pain on her loved ones,” Crown attorney Gary Smith said in sentencing Friday.
“She believed that she had done what she had to do to protect her family.”
Clements was convicted of first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.
“When you kill someone, you kill somebody for a reason,” Smith said.
“You don’t just sit there and do it because you’re mad.
You did it to punish someone.”
The Crown said Clements acted alone in the killings.
“It’s clear that her only motivation was to punish her boyfriend,” Smith told the court.
“That was the sole motivation.”
“It was a complete, deliberate and cold-blooded act,” Smith added.
Clements has been in custody since her arrest in March.
The trial heard Clements said she had killed her boyfriend because he “got too old to take care of his family.”
“She was not in any way seeking revenge against him for her loss of love and respect,” Smith argued.
“We know that was a motive.”
“You had to have the intention to do something,” Smith continued.
“This was a cold-hearted, calculated and calculated crime.”
The prosecution said Cules motive was money.
“If she had not killed her father she would not have been convicted of the crimes she is convicted of today,” prosecutor Scott McCallum said.
Cules defence lawyer David Tisdale said he is “heartbroken” by the sentence.
“I have no words,” Tisdal said in an interview with CBC News.
“To think that a mother would do something like this, that I would be standing here today with her and saying I hope that she never gets to go to prison.”
Cules parents were in court for the sentencing, along with Clements lawyers, and both men were absent.
Tisdales defence lawyer argued that Cules family was “torn apart” by her crime.
“They have no idea what happened to their mother and what she went through, how she was killed,” Tdard said.
The couple’s mother said in a statement she is “disgusted” with the verdict.
“My daughter has been a terrible mother,” the statement read.
“At the end of the day, she has lost her husband and her only family, her only child.”
The family is still waiting for justice, Tdart said.