Former BC Lions wide receiver Josh Boden gets life sentence for murder, no chance of parole for 14 years

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A British Columbia judge on Friday sentenced a former BC Lions wide receiver convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 14 years.

Joshua Boden was convicted last fall of second-degree murder in the 2009 death of 33-year-old Kimberly Hallgarth at the Burnaby home she shared with her three-year-old daughter.

Crown prosecutor Brendan McCabe told the court during a sentencing hearing last week that Boden, who is now 35, savagely beat Hallgarth, strangled her to death and then put stage the scene to make it look like an accident.

McCabe called the murder « brutal, brutal and gruesome », saying the photos of Hallgarth’s injuries were the most shocking he had seen in his career.

The Crown had requested 15 years of parole ineligibility while Boden’s attorney had requested 12 years.

Boden played for the BC Lions in 2007 before being released from the team in 2008 and signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, although he never played a regular season game with this team before being cut off.

McCabe told the court that Hallgarth sent photos of his injuries in a previous assault by Boden to then-Lions coach Wally Buono and that Boden blamed him for ending his career of footballer.

He maintained his innocence in his death.

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