November 4th, 2008

Hinata white flag

Finally, it's over

Anderson sentenced to life
Will remain in jail until at least 2021
The News

PICTOU – A New Glasgow man received a life sentence for the strangling death of his former girlfriend yesterday in Supreme Court.

Matthew Craig Anderson, 27, was charged with second degree murder after the body of Jamie Lynn Walsh, then 21 years old, was discovered in her Temperance Street apartment.

Medical reports concluded the cause of Walsh's death was "asphyxia due to ligature strangulation."

The decision, rendered by Justice Ted Scanlon, was a joint submission by Crown attorneys and Anderson's defence.

A statement of fact, signed by Anderson, states that on the day Walsh was murdered, Anderson had contacted her to arrange a scheduled visit with their five-month-old daughter, Eve. The two had been in a common-law relationship, which lasted five years and ended September 2006.

Walsh's father, James, discovered her body the day of the visit. Anderson was arrested at his new girlfriend's Nelson Street apartment in the early morning hours of Jan. 2, 2007.

James Walsh, who along with Jamie Lynn Walsh's twin sister Emily read out victim impact statements in Supreme Court yesterday, said he felt that prosecutors did what they felt what they were expected to do.

"If you're asking me if I'm satisfied – what can I say, it doesn't change anything," he said.

"We pay the price for living in Canada. For this crime, I would have rather lived in Texas, but I don't like Texas. I'd much rather live in Canada. So, we pay the price."

Anderson will not be eligible for parole until January 2021. He faces a firearms ban for the rest of his life.

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