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Senior's Murder Nets B.C. Man Life Sentence

11/24/2012 01:30 EST | Updated 01/24/2013 05:12 EST
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A Penticton, B.C., man has been given a life sentence with no eligibility for parole for 13 years for murdering and sexually assaulting a senior.

Corey Swite broke into Olive Hill's apartment in 2006, looking for cigarettes after a night of drinking.

When Hill awoke during the break-in he smothered the 85-year-old woman with a pillow and sexually assaulted her.

Swite confessed to the slaying to undercover RCMP officers during a so-called "Mr. Big" operation in which police posed as criminals.

Swite was convicted of first degree murder in 2009, but the conviction was overturned on appeal.

During a second trial this month, Swite pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, said Crown lawyer Rob Bruneau.

"He was 20 years old at the time of the incident. He had no criminal record at all. It was a horrendous attack. But in all of those circumstances, including his aboriginal heritage, I think 13 years is pretty much right on," Bruneau said.

Bruneau also said he expects no more appeals from the defence.

"One of the benefits of a guilty plea is that the only thing that would be subject to appeal now would be the length of the eligibility for parole, and in the circumstances I would be very, very surprised if there was an appeal of that decision."

Swite has been in custody for five years and will be eligible for parole in 2020.