Smich to appeal verdict in Babcock trial

An Ontario man found guilty of killing a young Toronto woman who vanished five years ago is appealing his first-degree murder conviction and sentence.

Mark Smich, of Oakville, and Dellen Millard, of Toronto, were sentenced to consecutive life sentences without a chance for parole for 50 years for the 2012 murder of Laura Babcock, whose body has not been found.

The judge in the case extended the pair's parole ineligibility period to 50 years from 25 that they were serving for a first-degree murder conviction for killing Hamilton man Tim Bosma.

Smich says the verdict was unreasonable and the sentence too harsh.

Babcock's mother, Linda Babcock, scoffs at Smich's reasons for appeal.

She says his appeal won't get very far.

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