The young man who murdered North Delta teen Laura Szendrei will find out on Oct. 18 if he will be sentenced as a youth or as an adult.
The killer, whose identity is shielded by the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was just shy of his 18th birthday when he murdered 15-year-old Szendrei in September 2010.
The court heard he struck her over the head at least three times with a metal pipe as she struggled to escape from him along a path in North Delta's Mackie Park.
If he's sentenced as an adult the young man, now 21, will be sentenced to life in prison without eligibility to apply for parole for seven years. If sentenced as a youth, he faces a seven-year sentence, with a maximum four of those years to be served in prison and the remainder in the community, under supervision.
Justice Robin Baird will deliver his decision in Surrey provincial court, where on Sept. 18 the young man apologized to Szendrei's family.
"I ruined the lives of so many people," he said. "I robbed the community of its sense of safety. I'm truly, truly sorry."
Originally charged with first-degree murder, he pleaded guilty to second-degree.
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