Andrew Berry’s scheduling hearing was pushed ahead Wednesday. The Oak Bay father will appear by video in the Victoria Law Courts Oct. 16 to schedule a date for his upcoming sentencing hearing.
On Sept. 26 a jury convicted Berry, 45, on two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of his daughters Chloe Berry, 6, and Aubrey Berry, 4, who were found dead in his apartment on Christmas Day, 2017.
Berry now faces a life sentence without parole for 10 to 25 years. After the sentencing hearing Justice Miriam Gropper will determine how long Berry has to wait to apply for parole, as well as if the ineligibility will be served concurrently or consecutively.
After delivering their verdict last month, the 12-person jury made parole ineligibility recommendations to Madam justice Gropper, with six endorsing 15 years of parole ineligibility served consecutively for each count and two recommending 10 years served concurrently. Four members of the jury had no recommendation.
The sentencing hearing will include victim impact statements from family, likely including the girls’ mother, Sarah Cotton.
With files from Canadian Press.
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