Convicted killer to learn sentence length this week

The Crown is seeking a sentence of 14 or 15 years for Stephen George Fraser, while the defence is suggesting a term of 10 to 12 years

A judge will decide this Friday how long a convicted Kamloops killer will spend behind bars before becoming eligible for parole.

Cody Foster, 26, was stabbed to death on Feb. 11, 2017, in a trailer at an RV park in east Kamloops.

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Stephen George Fraser, 58, was arrested a short time after Foster’s death and has been in custody since Foster’s death.

Fraser was convicted of second-degree murder following a B.C. Supreme Court trial late last year.

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Cody Foster was killed on Feb. 11, 2017. Stephen Fraser was convicted of second-degree murder. - Facebook

Fraser stabbed Foster to death while visiting him, jurors heard at trial. Foster sustained multiple stab wounds and lacerations to his face and neck, as well as a broken jaw, nose and skull.

Testifying in his own defence, Fraser said he killed Foster to protect himself. He said Foster threatened him and told him he was a gang member.

A second-degree murder conviction carries with it an automatic life sentence, but it is up to a judge to determine how long a killer serves before becoming eligible for parole.

Crown prosecutors Alex Janse and Camille Cook are seeking a sentence in the range of 14 to 15 years, while defence lawyer Jay Michi has suggested a term between 10 and 12 years.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Len Marchand is slated to sentence Fraser on Friday in the Kamloops Law Courts.

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