Nathan Deslippe's killer sentenced to life without parole for 14 years

William Joles was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 14 years in the beating death of his friend and roommate Nathan Deslippe in August, 2016.

The judge called convicted murderer William Joles behaviour "reprehensible"

The family of Nathan Deslippe talks to reporters outside the London Courthouse on July 12, 2018. (Travis Dolynny/CBC)

William Joles was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 14 years Thursday in the beating death of his friend and roommate Nathan Deslippe in August, 2016.

Joles sat in the prisoner's box of a London courtroom, mere steps from the family of his victim, as his sentence was delivered. The 27-year-old showed no sign of emotion.

With time served, Joles will be eligible for parole in September 2029.

"Fourteen years means we'll be back in 11 years to probably do this again for his parole request, and in 11 years, Will won't even be 40 and he could possibly be out," said Tim Deslippe outside the London courthouse.

"To me, it doesn't seem right."

Deslippe's mother, Mona Lam-Deslippe, expressed her disappointment in the sentence.

"It just seems that after treating Nathan in that matter, dragging him through the apartment and all the things that he did, somehow 14 years doesn't seem enough," said Mona.

Jole's defence lawyer, John Getliffe, requested parole eligibility in 10 years. The Crown asked for 17 to 18 years.

"It was a difficult call," said Getliffe.

"I think my client had a fair trial, he recognizes that, and at this moment I haven't had a chance to discuss with him about the eligibility time."

The sentencing hearing

Justice Jonathan George delivered a statement to the court before announcing his sentencing decision. He called the case "very troubling" and that Joles' behaviour was "reprehensible." The court heard how Joles savagely attacked his friend on the night of August 28, 2016. Deslippe was found in the bathtub of their shared apartment with 35 blows to his body, neck and face.

The judge pointed to Joles' post offence conduct, which he said "makes all of this unforgivable". The court heard how Joles took a photo of himself in the mirror, naked and covered in blood. The Crown called the photo a "selfie souvenir".

Justice George spoke to the fact that on the night of the murder, Joles felt disrespected and lashed out in an unimaginable way. The question was raised as to whether someone with this reaction posed a danger to public safety.

The jury in the case rejected Joles' testimony that he was drunk, blacked out and couldn't have known what he was doing when he murdered Deslippe.

The judge expressed the importance of victim impact statements in the case, but reminded the court that the  number of years Joles is sentenced is not representative of the value of Deslippe's life.

The Deslippe family moves forward

Last month, the court heard a total of 43 victim impact statements that described Deslippe as a rising star who boasted positive energy and a bright light that touched the people who knew him, and inspired others who didn't.

In his honour, Deslippe's family set up the Nathan Deslippe Memorial Fund to contribute to causes they believe he would have supported. The fund has grown to more than $30,000.

A concrete ping-pong table funded by the City of London will be built at East Lions Park next year.

Over the last two years, 100 trees were planted through Reforest London in honour of Deslippe.

"We've decided that we have to continue being good people," said Mona Lam-Deslippe.

"We have to continue to accept people into our lives and not let people stop us from being who we are."

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