Man guilty of killing young lover's parents

Fri Dec 5, 2008 2:56pm EST
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Canadian man who stabbed his 12-year-old girlfriend's parents to death after they refused to let her see him any more was found guilty of murder on Friday, Canadian media reported.

A jury in Calgary, Alberta also found Jeremy Steinke, 25, guilty of killing the girl's eight-year-old brother. He will serve a minimum of 25 years in jail.

In November 2007, the girl was sentenced to four years in custody and another 4-1/2 years under community supervision. She became the youngest Canadian to be convicted of a multiple murder.

Defense lawyers said Steinke was high on drugs and alcohol when he committed the murders in the family home in the southeastern Albertan town of Medicine Hat in 2006.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Frank McGurty)