Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Triple murder draws stiff sentence for former Canadian armored car guard

The toughest prison sentence since Canada's last execution was given to an Alberta armored car guard who shot four of his fellow workers, three fatally.

Travis Baumgartner, 22, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 40 years.

Associate Chief Justice John Rooke called it an "unspeakable, outrageous, cowardly and cold-blooded crime . . . all with the simple motive of robbery."

A new federal law allows consecutive parole ineligibility periods in multiple murders instead of the previous maximum of 25 years.

The death penalty was repealed in 1962 and the judge in this case could have imposed a parole wait of up to 75 years.

Rooke said Baumgartner showed "absolutely no compassion for life," and shot the workers in the back of the head and ambushed a fourth guard waiting outside in a truck.

They were filling a cash machine at the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton.

Baumgartner pleaded guilty to murdering Brian Ilesic, 35, Eddie Rejano, 39, and Michelle Shegelski, 26, and the attempted murder of Matthew Schuman, 26.

He was arrested in British Columbia at the Canada-U.S. border carrying $400,000 in cash the next day.

Parliament adjourned, awaits policy direction

Canada's Parliament is officially prorogued, or adjourned, to await a new policy direction in October.

Governor-General David Johnston took the formal step, on the recommendation of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to set aside the business of the government until a new session starts on Oct. 16.

At that time, Johnston will deliver the "throne speech" outlining the Harper Conservative government's plans for the future.

Harper said he plans to reveal the government's agenda — with the core issues of the economy and jobs — leading to an expected federal election in October 2015.

News in brief

• Quebec is considering a law that would prohibit public sector workers from wearing religious clothing such as hijabs, kippas and turbans in the workplace. The Parti-Québécois government said it wants to introduce a "charter of secularism" that would outline "Quebec values." Salam Elmenyawi, president of the Muslim Council of Montreal, is urging cultural communities "not to panic."

• Constable Babak Andalib-Goortani of the Toronto Police Service has been convicted of assaulting a protester during the G20 summit three years ago. Ontario Superior Court Judge Louise Botham ruled that he used excessive force while arresting Adam Nobody outside the Ontario Legislature. The officer will be sentenced in November.

• The so-called "Ikea monkey" is a wild animal that belongs in a wildlife sanctuary and will not be returned to its owner, Ontario Superior Court Judge Mary Vallee ruled. Darwin was found in the parking lot of a Toronto Ikea store last December wearing a diaper and little coat. He had escaped from the car of Yasmin Nakhuda, who has been trying to have him returned.

Facts and figures

Canada's dollar advanced on Friday to 96.71 cents U.S. while the U.S. dollar was valued at $1.0339 in Canadian funds, before bank exchange fees.

The Bank of Canada's key interest rate is steady at 1 percent while the prime-lending rate stays at 3 percent.

Stock markets are lower, with the Toronto exchange index at 12,743 points and the TSX Venture index 939 points.

Lotto 6-49: (Sept. 11) 13, 21, 22, 26, 35 and 40; bonus 15. (Sept. 7) 2, 4, 15, 29, 32 and 40; bonus 26. Lotto Max: (Sept. 6) 1, 7, 23, 36, 37, 39 and 41; bonus 33.

Regional briefs

• Tropical depression Gabrielle was expected to dump up to 3 inches of rain on Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland by the end of this weekend. The Canadian Hurricane Center predicted gusty winds across the eastern mainland of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Peak gusts were forecast around 55 mph along western Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

• Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges of assault against Shannon Everett, 27, for tossing a cup of juice at Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at a street festival. Ford, who had been posing for photos, said he did not want to proceed with charges. Everett, a multimedia developer and yoga teacher, denied throwing a drink at him.

Jim Fox can be reached at

Triple murder draws stiff sentence for former Canadian armored car guard 09/13/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 13, 2013 4:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tributes pour in for ex-national security adviser Brzezinski


    WASHINGTON — Well before he went to the White House in 1977, Jimmy Carter was impressed by the views of foreign policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski. That Carter immediately liked the Polish-born academic advising his campaign was a plus.

    Foreign policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski died Friday.
  2. One year after deaths, Sunset Music Festival kicks off with emphasis on water and security

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Before the beat drops, or even builds, you hear Steve-O.

    "If you don't get water you're lame!"

    "Hey! Free water! Come on!"

    Steve "Steve-O" Raymond motions to guests making the line to grab free water bottle at the entrance of the Sunset Music Festival on the grounds of the Raymond James Stadium parking lot in Tampa. ( LUIS SANTANA   |   Times)
  3. Twins eventually cash in as Rays lose, fall back to .500 (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Rays could only battle their way out of trouble for so long Saturday afternoon before succumbing in a 5-2 loss to the Twins.

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 27: Brian Dozier #2 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates hitting a two-run home run as Derek Norris #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on during the eighth inning of the game on May 27, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Rays 5-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) 700010973
  4. Rays Tales: The stories behind Corey Dickerson's ascension

    The Heater

    The 25 pounds DH/LF Corey Dickerson lost during the winter through diet and exercise are considered the primary reason for his ascension to one of the American League's most productive hitters, going into the weekend leading in hits, multi-hit games and total bases, and ranked in the top five in average, runs and …

    Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) connects for a sac fly, scores Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Steve Pearce (28) in the fourth inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
  5. Fans in Florida and beyond won't forget Gregg Allman

    Music & Concerts

    The end can come quickly for those who live fast and live hard, who create worlds with their talent and sometimes come close to throwing them away.

    This Oct. 13, 2011 file photo shows Gregg Allman performs at the Americana Music Association awards show in Nashville, Tenn. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died. (AP Photo/Joe Howell, File)