A former professional soccer player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend will not be eligible for 14-year parole.
Joshua Boden, who once played for the Canadian Football League as a broad receiver, learned his sentence in a Vancouver courtroom on Friday.
The family and friends of the victim, Kimberly Hallgarth, sat in the front row of the courtroom, sometimes crying and hugging each other.
Outside court, Hallgarth’s brother Jimmy Iran said that while nothing would bring his sister back, they were satisfied with the verdict.
“I am very happy with the judge’s decision today. I think it was firm and fair,” he said. “The lack of remorse and acceptance of the crime is not really a great thing, but that’s not me that I have to live with, that’s someone else.”
Second-degree murder convictions come with an automatic life sentence in British Columbia, so it was up to the judge to determine when Boden would be eligible for parole. The Crown asked for 15, while Boden’s legal team suggested 12.
Boden, 35, was convicted last year of the second-degree murder of Hallgarth. The 33-year-old was murdered in 2009 in Burnaby, British Columbia, the home she was living in with her three-year-old daughter.
During Boden’s sentencing hearing, the British Columbia Supreme Court heard that Boden brutally beat his ex-girlfriend, strangled her and then staged the scene in an attempt to make her death look like an accident.
Judge Arne Silverman told the court that according to Crown, the “protracted nature of the murder” was an aggravating factor, with Boden trampling on Halgarth’s neck and chest, and placing pills and stockings in her mouth before strangling her.
Crown described her murder as “brutal, brutal and horrific,” with Attorney General Brendan McCabe calling her injuries the most shocking he’s seen in his career.
McCabe told the court that photos of her injuries, which she claimed were caused by an assault by Boden, were sent to BC Lions coach Wally Bono at the time. The attorney general said Boden blamed Hallgarth at the end of his career.
The murder occurred a year after Boden was released from the BC Lions, with whom he had only signed in 2007.
At the time of his release, he was planning to play for the Hamilton Tiger Cats, but he did not play a regular season game with the team. He was cut from the team.
Boden maintained his innocence through the trial process.
When Boden walked out of the courtroom with the mayor, he said, “Have a nice day.” It is not clear to whom the statement was directed.
Eran said his sister had a contagious laugh, loved people, and treated friends like family.
“It’s a sad day,” he said, “but you know again I’m grateful to be here and we have some closure at the end.” “I missed her.”
Files from the Canadian Press