Home Canada News ‘My husband won’t be brought back’: Families of Penticton murder victims react...

‘My husband won’t be brought back’: Families of Penticton murder victims react to sentencing

The widow of one of the Penticton quadruple murder victims said the sentence the shooter received in court on Thursday was what she had been expecting.

In April 2019, Brittain shot Rudi Winter, Susan and Barry Wonch, and Darlene Knippelberg. They were all seniors, and three of them were killed in their own homes.

The 69-year-old shooter was given a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Read more:
B.C. man accused of mass shooting in Penticton pleads guilty to 4 counts of murder

“That’s what I figured was going to happen, and it’s OK. My husband won’t be brought back, so what can I say,” Renate Winter said.

On Wednesday, Brittain pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder, which carries an automatic life sentence.

Story continues below advertisement

The Crown asked for him to receive parole ineligibility of 40 years, which would mean a consecutive sentence, while the defence argued for a concurrent sentence.

The judge ultimately sentenced the senior to the minimum parole ineligibility period for first-degree murder of 25 years.

“It should have been more,” said Mike Cudmore, family to Susan and Barry Wonch.

Read more:
Man charged in Penticton, B.C., mass shooting to plead guilty: defence

Renate said the families would have to live with their loss for the rest of their lives.

“It’s been a living hell. It’s been awful. It’s been horrible,” she said.

“It’s made us all extremely angry, and upset and short with people. It’s devastated us, it has absolutely devastated us,” Renate added.

In court Thursday morning, Brittain apologized to the families of his murder victims.

Read more:
‘I’m truly, truly sorry’: Penticton, B.C., shooter faces murder victims’ families

“I’m not sure whether I’m ready to accept it yet,” Renate said. “I don’t know how sincere it was. It certainly looked sincere when he was saying it, but I don’t know if I can accept it just yet.”

Story continues below advertisement

Court heard that at the time of the crime, the shooter was still close with his ex-wife Katherine, who had a series of ongoing neighbourhood grievances against her neighbours. They became Brittain’s victims when he snapped.

Katherine Brittain released a statement through her lawyer, saying that she had no prior knowledge that her ex-husband intended to kill anyone and never suggested that he do so.

Read more:
Ex-wife of B.C. mass shooter shocked by murderous rampage, says she had nothing to do with it

“Mr. Brittain’s actions destroyed the lives of the families of the victims, and Ms. Brittain’s own life. She cannot fathom how he could ever believe that, in taking these lives, he was somehow helping her,” the statement said.

“She only hopes that with Mr. Brittain taking proper responsibility for his actions, and the court sentencing him appropriately, the Penticton community can begin to heal and that people, particularly the families of the victims with whom she deeply sympathizes, will accept that she had no part in his horrific actions.”






Penticton mass murderer faces families of murder victims


Penticton mass murderer faces families of murder victims


© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.



News Source

‘My husband won’t be brought back’: Families of Penticton murder victims react to sentencing
Pen Pusher Hackette
Pen Pusher Hackette is a content media organization that focuses on creating the most authentic content available on the internet. Apart from just writing the content for internet consumers, the organization also focuses on inventing the right marketing tool to help businesses target their potential consumers. From Entertainment to the knowledge-based information, we cover all aspects to connect with the billions of internet consumers.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

CHL leagues at mercy of pandemic, politics while formulating return-to-play plans

Knowing the Western Hockey League plans to begin play again on Jan. 8 has brought a sigh of relief from Zack Ostapchuk and some of...

Stormi Webster Goes Swimming In Kylie Jenner’s Video – Hollywood Life

Stormi Webster is such a good swimmer! Kylie Jenner revealed her 2-year-old ‘fully swims’ as she showed off a somersault in the water. Kylie Jenner,...

Inquiries through the roof as travel agency announces plans to extend Atlantic bubble to Cuba – Halifax

The co-owner of a Halifax travel agency says she’s received about 4,000 inquiries over 48 hours after announcing plans to extend the Atlantic bubble...

Texas to establish additional care sites in El Paso as COVID-19 cases surge

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Sunday that the state will establish an alternate care site to expand care in El Paso as the region...