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Calgary man who killed girlfriend, toddler must serve 22 years before parole

By The Canadian Press on November 10, 2022.

Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for Jasmine Lovett and Aliyah Sanderson in Calgary on May 12, 2019. The man convicted of killing the woman and her young daughter and buried them in a shallow grave west of Calgary is scheduled to be sentenced this afternoon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY – A judge says a man who killed a woman and her young daughter and buried them in a shallow grave near Calgary must serve 22 years before he can apply for parole.

Robert Leeming, who is 37, pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Jasmine Lovett, but not guilty to the death of 22-month-old Aliyah Sanderson.

He was convicted earlier this year of second-degree murder in the child’s death.

Leeming has been handed an automatic life sentence for the murder convictions.

The mother and daughter were found in the grave in Kananaskis Country, west of Calgary, in May 2019, after they had been missing for weeks.

Family members have told court they have struggled with fear and pain since their loved ones were killed.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 10, 2022

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