This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
A jury in Prince George, B.C., has decided that 24-year-old Cody Alan Legebokoff is guilty on four counts of first-degree murder. The suspect was charged in the slayings of Loren Donn Leslie, Jill Stacey Stuchenko, Cynthia Frances Maas and Natasha Lynn Montgomery, who died in 2009 and 2010. Consequently, the ruling has made the suspect, Legebokoff, who was 19 at the time of first murder as Canada’s youngest known serial killer.
According to a spokesperson for B.C.’s Criminal Justice Branch, Neil MacKenzie, it has was a long and challenging process for family members. It was mentioned that “we understand that the loss that they’ve suffered, and that the victims of the crimes include the surviving family members and friends of the women and young woman who lost their lives.” According to MacKenzie, the victims were daughters, friends, and some were sisters and mothers.
Whereas on the other hand, Montgomery’s grandfather, Robert Donovan, failed to handle the court hearing as he later confessed on the media that he was wrong to think he could handle hearing about his granddaughter’s death in court. He mentioned that “I couldn’t take it … when they were playing the testimony … about how he murdered her, about all that he’d done to her, I just broke down.” He added that “I couldn’t take it. I thought I was a big tough guy, but big tough guys fall apart too.” Meanwhile, Montgomery’s grandmother, Marlene Donovan, also remarked that about the hearing that “it was a relief.”