VIDEO: Sentence Reserved in Savage Death of Windsor Woman

The crown and defence disagree on what the sentence should be for a Windsor man found guilty in the savage death of his girlfriend.

John Wayne Pierre, 49, will be sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Lesley Watterworth.

A judge must decide when he will be eligible for parole and the crown is seeking a term of 15-18 years, while the defence wants 10-13 years.

Watterworth suffered 69 stab wounds and cuts to her body including a 15cm deep fatal stab wound to her back on November 1, 2016.

Court heard she also suffered 25 injuries to her hands indicating she was trying to protect herself from the attack.

Pierre confessed following days of drinking and doing drugs, he attacked her after he confronted her about her infidelity at their home on Curry Ave.

The crown is arguing this is a case of a brutal killing of an unarmed woman in her home.

"She was fighting for her life that her screams attracted the attention of people outside," said Assistant Crown Eric Costaris.


John Wayne Pierre (Photo courtesy of CTV Windsor)

The defence say Pierre is remorseful and the attack was impulsive.

"He has taken part in every rehabilitative program while he has been in custody,' said Pierre's lawyer Ken Marley.

At the end of the sentencing hearing on Wednesday, Pierre stood up in court and said, "Lesley didn't deserve this. I'm truly very sorry for what happened that day.' It is an ongoing nightmare.  I can't believe I was capable of this crime. I'm sorry for destroying a family."

Justice Renee Pomerance has reserved her decision on parole ineligibility until March 14th.