Pamela Jean”s killer must serve 14 years before parole eligibility

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Juan Fermin Palma, who was found guilty of the second-degree murder of his girlfriend, must serve 14 years in jail before he’s eligible for parole, a judge ruled Thursday.

Palma and Pamela Jean, 27, were a couple when she suddenly disappeared on Dec. 30, 2012. Her body was found less than a week later in a closet under a staircase in Palma’s Montreal North apartment. Palma told police he killed Jean during an argument while he was high on cocaine and alcohol and tried to use that as a defence during his trial.

Palma had been charged with first-degree murder but a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder in December.

The second-degree murder conviction comes with an automatic life sentence, but Palma’s parole eligibility could have been set anywhere between 10 and 25 years.

In his ruling Thursday, Superior Court Justice Eric Downs said he took the nature and gravity of the crime into consideration, as well as the trauma and psychological damage he caused Jean’s family and the fact that he misled police after the murder.

 

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