Sentence for McArthur means he'll never see daylight

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Bruce McArthur, a landscaper and former mall Santa who killed and dismembered eight men between 2010 and 2017, was sentenced Friday to life in prison, according to CNN network partner CTV News.

With each murder carrying a sentence of 25 years, McMahon did not sentence McArthur to serve the punishments, consecutively, meaning he is eligible for parole in 25 years, when he will be 91.

The serial killer sat emotionless in court as Judge John McMahon read out his reasons for the sentence.

"There is evidence that Mr McArthur sought out and exploited these vulnerabilities to continue his crimes undetected".

The Court heard gruesome details about Bruce McArthur's strategy in targeting his victims, and what he did to the victims' bodies.

The remains of some of the victims were found in planters on a property on which McArthur had previously done landscaping jobs.

Police were able to track McArthur down after they discovered surveillance footage of his last victim - Kinsman - entering a van linked to McArthur.

Crown attorney Michael Cantlon, whose prosecutorial team compared McArthur to Robert Pickton earlier this week, said he wouldn't comment on the sentence, though he noted that the judge has his "utmost respect".

Jooyoung Lee, a sociologist and an expert on serial homicide cases, said the fact that McArthur's victims belonged to marginalised groups may have helped him evade police for years. "The accused has saved the family, friends and community at large from enduring a graphic public trial that would have been a nightmare for everyone".

"The law is clear: a guilty plea is a mitigating factor". "He's eligible for parole in 25 years, that doesn't mean he will be free".

Outside the courthouse on Friday, Nicole Borthwick - a friend of Kinsman, Lisowick and Esen - expressed her disappointment with the sentence.

"John" is a closeted gay man who is married and investigators say he will never be identified publicly. "I believe that this is the best possible outcome for the families and the community".

"We follow the evidence, and the evidence is telling us that that's not the case right now", Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters in December 2017.

The victims of Bruce McArthur.

Most of the men were immigrants of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent and members of Toronto's gay community. "We knew something stunk and we did everything we could to find it".

McArthur sexually assaulted and forcibly confined many of his victims before murdering them, court heard. All of them had ties to the city's LGBTQ community. "Although there can be no closure from a crime of this magnitude, we hope that these eight convictions for first-degree murder will assist our community in beginning a new chapter of healing".

Families and friends of McArthur's victims are expected to speak out about the sentencing later today.

Many said they had long grappled with the disappearance of a son, father, brother or friend only to learn previous year that their loved one had been killed.

Faizi was reported missing on December 29, 2010, Kayhan was reported missing in October 2012, and Mahmudi was reported missing in August 2015.

Toronto police said they have no plans to release his mugshot.

When police raided the killer's apartment in January 2018, they found a young man bound to a bed but unharmed who may well have become the ninth victim, the judge added.

- with files from Nicole Thompson and Michelle McQuigge.

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