Sentencing arguments set in Guy Turcotte murder case

SAINT-JEROME, Que. -- Sentencing arguments are set to begin this morning in the case of a former Quebec doctor who has been convicted of second-degree murder in the deaths of his two children.

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A jury found Guy Turcotte guilty on Dec. 6 in the 2009 slayings of Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3.

A conviction on second-degree murder carries a sentence of life imprisonment but the court has some latitude on setting parole eligibility. The minimum time to be served before being able to apply for parole is 10 years, while the maximum is 25 years.

Turcotte's lawyers were hoping the jury would find him not criminally responsible by way of mental disorder -- the verdict that was handed down in 2011 at his first trial.

The jurors had the choice of four possible verdicts: not criminally responsible or guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Vincent asked them if they had any recommendations for the minimum number of years Turcotte should serve but they said they had none.



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