“A human life is so priceless, the pain in our hearts is unexplainable and the reality is, it will never end. It’s hard to accept or understand what happened to our loving mother, but we are forced to continue to find a way to live with it.” – Lise Gosselin, Elizabeth Lafantaisie’s daughter
It’s a lifetime prison sentence for a Winnipeg man who sexually assaulted and killed a 73-year-old grandmother.
On Wednesday, a jury found Thomas Brine guilty of first degree murder in the death of Elizabeth Lafantaisie.
Today marks five years since her death.
One of Lafantaisie’s daughters, Lise Gosselin, told court today she felt so helpless the day her mother went missing.
“The feeling of helplessness, worry, disbelief, all the awful thoughts that goes through your mind…. The praying and hoping, not being able to sleep for days, not being able to focus on anything except thinking where mom could be? Is she ok, hurt, in pain, lost, in a hospital somewhere? You are like a zombie turning in circles and feeling so helpless.”
In a victim impact statement, Gosselin said the day her mother’s body was found was the saddest and hardest day of her life.
“Our life stopped at this moment. Our heart was split in two and our stomach felt like it had been kicked in until there was nothing left.”
She said her family misses Lafantaisie’s laugh, which came from her heart.
“We want to say ‘Elizabeth Lafantaisie, Elizabeth Lafantaisie, Elizabeth Lafantaisie’ as many times as possible. We want everyone to remember who Elizabeth Lafantaisie was. She was loved and so very special to us,” she said.
Brine chose not speak.
He was handed the mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance at parole for 25 years.