Court hears killers Dellen Millard, Mark Smich deserve "hope"

Justice Michael Code have a decision on the sentences for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich until February 26th.

They're both guilty of first-degree murder, killing Toronto's Laura Babcock in July of 2012 and incinerating her body.

First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence without the chance of parole for 25 years. The Crown is seeking to have them serve their sentences for the Babcock murder consecutive to the the first-degree murder sentences their already serving for killing Tim Bosma.

If the judge approves Millard and Smich will serve 50-year sentences before being eligible for parole.

Laura Babcock's family gave victim impact statements today that spoke of the unbearable pain and unspeakable sadness they live with since learning she was dead. They say they are on medication for depression and have trouble sleeping.

Millard represented himself at trial but had lawyer Ravin Pillay represent him during sentencing submissions. Pillay represented him in the Bosma trial.

Pillay argues a 50-year sentence casts away any objective of rehabilitation which he describes as an important incentive and concept. It became very uncomfortable in the courtroom as Pillay spoke of Millard deserving "hope" and that a 50-year sentence would "extinguish the light at the end of a very long tunnel" Millard has ahead of him.

Justice Code says it appears Millard has two sides of his personality and one side is "extremely dangerous."

Millard's mother, friends, fellow inmates and prison staff all submitted letters in favour of Millard. Generous, loyal to a fault, charitable, protective, respectful, and intelligent were all adjectives used.

Mark Smich's lawyer argues his client is not the same person he was when he was arrested in May, 2013. That Smich has kicked his drug habit and has started to better himself by taking courses and working inside prison.