The courthouse in Hay River. Emily Blake/Cabin Radio
A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old woman in Hay River three years ago is set to be sentenced in the community this spring.
James Colosimo, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on October 18, as first reported by the CBC, after a statement he gave to police was found admissible as evidence.
In NWT Supreme Court in Yellowknife on Monday, Justice Shannon Smallwood – along with Crown and defence lawyers – agreed on the dates of May 2 and 3, 2024 for a two-day sentencing hearing in Hay River.
Smallwood said while May is still months away, it is five weeks earlier than a previous sentencing date set for June 13 and 14.
Under the Criminal Code, second-degree murder carries a minimum sentence of life in prison, with no chance of parole for at least 10 years and possibly for up to 25 years.