Judge rules Garland to spend 75 years in prison before parole

A judge has ruled that triple murderer Douglas Garland will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Justice David Gates imposed a sentence on the 57-year-old that would prevent his seeking parole for 75 years.

Gates says Garland carried out the murders with ``meticulous planning and precision.''

Garland said ``no'' when asked if he had anything to say in court.

A jury convicted Garland of three counts of first-degree murder for the 2014 deaths of Alvin and Kathy Liknes and their five-year-old grandson Nathan O'Brien.

Garland assaulted the trio in a Calgary home on June 30, 2014, transported them to his family farm north of the city, murdered and dismembered them and then burned their bodies to ash.