Ex-boyfriend to be sentenced for gunning down Maple Batalia

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. - A man who pleaded guilty to gunning down his ex-girlfriend on a British Columbia university campus is scheduled to be sentenced today.

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Twenty-four-year-old Gurjinder Dhaliwal pleaded guilty last week to the second-degree murder of 19-year-old Maple Batalia.

The aspiring actress and model was shot to death in the parking lot of Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus following a late-night study session in September 2012.

Second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence, and both Crown and defence counsel say they have recommended Dhaliwal be ineligible for parole for 21 years.

Dhaliwal's co-accused, Gursimar Bedi, faces charges of manslaughter and accessory to murder after the fact.

Bedi's trial is also scheduled to begin today.



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