Groves sentenced to lengthy prison sentence

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)

Convicted killer Dorothy Groves will have to serve at least 13 years in prison before she’s eligible for parole.

Groves was sentenced this morning in the murder of 66-year-old George McKenzie.

MacKenzie’s body was found in his Aylmer Street apartment in July 2012 by Peterborough police officers sent to check on his well-being. He was stabbed to death.

Groves was  arrested a few days later.

During her trial a security court guard testified Groves told her she meant to kill MacKenzie when she stabbed him once in his chest while visiting his apartment.

Court heard Groves watched MacKenzie die, then ransacked his apartment, stealing alcohol.

A second degree murder charge carries an automatic life sentence, though those convicted can become eligible for parole after a set period of time.

Groves’s lawyers wanted that eligibility to come into effect after Groves spent 10 years in jail, while the Crown sought a longer sentence of 17 years before parole eligibility.

The judge gave Groves credit for the two years she’s already spent in jail on a one-for-one basis.

Groves is also prohibited from contacting members of MacKenzie’s family while she is in prison.

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