WINNIPEG- A judge will decide later this month on a sentence for a Winnipeg man convicted of killing a transgender sex trade worker.
Theodore Herntier was found guilty last year of second degree murder in the death of Divas Belanger, also known as Divas B.
A victim impact statement written by Belanger’s sister, Tammy, was read out in court by the Crown.
“I need medication to cope and for depression which I still take,” said Tammy Belanger in the statement.
“I didn’t always understand his lifestyle, but I accepted him because I loved him. I want everyone to know my bother was loved, valued and he wasn’t scum.”
Herntier’s sentence carries a life prison sentence, but up for debate is when he could apply for parole.
The Crown wants him to serve 15 years first while the defence argues it should only be 10 years.
The judge will render a decision June 23rd.