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Calgary court could issue one of Canada's longest prison terms ever

Last Updated Feb 17, 2017 at 6:29 am PDT

Douglas Garland is escorted into a Calgary police station in connection with the disappearance of Nathan O'Brien and his grandparents in Calgary, Alta., on July 14, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY – Triple murderer Douglas Garland will learn today if he will spend the rest of his life in prison when he is sentenced in a Calgary courtroom.

Garland was convicted by a jury yesterday 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 three 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.

Justice David Gates will determine whether to impose a sentence on Garland that would prevent his seeking parole for 75 years.

The court will also hear victim impact statements from members of the O’Brien and Liknes families.

Garland will also have an opportunity to address the court if he wishes.