An Ontario man who killed his 25-year-old female neighbor was sentenced to life in prison. The savage fatal beating of Alicia Ross by her neighbor Daniel Sylvester was described as an act of extreme cruelty and callousness, by an Ontario Superior Court judge who imposed a life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 16 years.
Daniel Sylvester, 33, who was found guilty in May of second-degree murder in the death of Alicia Ross, intended to kill her and covered up the crime to avoid detection, only turning himself in to police when he realized that he would likely be caught. The 33-year-old self described recluse and loser confessed to police he killed Ross, five weeks after she disappeared.
Sylvester was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder on May 29, after the eight women and four men deliberated for less than four hours.
During the sentencing, Judge Ted Minden focused on the brutality of the crime and said he didn't believe Sylvester's claim that he was provoked into an attack by a comment Ross made.
Knowing Ross was alone and vulnerable after kissing her boyfriend goodbye in the early hours of Aug. 17, 2005, Sylvester attacked the young woman, delivering a beating so vicious that it left her with injuries similar to those of a plane-crash victim.
The "social misfit" with a long history of psychiatric and emotional problems hit Ross in the face, forced her to the ground, kneed her in the chest, then slammed her head into the pavement two or three times. There were more than 30 fractures to her body, including shattered ribs and other injuries to her face and neck, court heard. But no cause of death was ever determined.
Even after seeing that Ross was unconscious and bleeding profusely, Sylvester did nothing to help her.
"He simply left her on the ground to die," Minden said.
The judge called Sylvester a "deeply disturbed" individual and saidPage: 1 2 Related medicine news :1
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