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Ex-nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer sentenced to life in prison, no parole for 25 years

Last Updated Jun 26, 2017 at 1:10 pm EST

Elizabeth Wettlaufer is escorted into the courthouse in Woodstock, Ontario on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

Former nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer has been sentenced to life in prison, with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Family and friends of Wettlaufer’s victims were in court today describing the pain, guilt and anger they felt after learning their loved ones had been murdered by the nurse who was meant to care for the vulnerable seniors.

The 50-year-old pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

Wettlaufer admitted to using insulin in all 14 cases that stretched from 2007 to 2016, and has said she believed she was an instrument of God.

Earlier today, Wettlaufer told her sentencing hearing she was truly sorry for murdering and injuring vulnerable patients in her care. She said she hoped the families of her victims can find peace and healing.

 

The crimes, which occurred in three long-term care facilities and a private home, make Wettlaufer one of Canada’s worst serial killers.

David AJ Silcox, whose father James Silcox was murdered by Wettlaufer in August 2007, said the former nurse’s actions had a serious effect on him.