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Keith Wiens Appeals Murder Conviction, Sentence In Wife's Killing

09/26/2013 10:39 EDT | Updated 11/26/2013 05:12 EST
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PENTICTON, B.C. - A former Summerland, B.C., RCMP officer convicted of murdering his common-law wife is fighting both his conviction and sentence.

Keith Wiens was found guilty in July of the second degree murder of Lynn Kalmring and was ordered to spend a minimum of 13 years in prison before parole eligibility.

The B.C. Supreme Court jury that heard the case in Kelowna deliberated for just a few hours before recommending Wiens spend at least 20 years behind bars before being allowed to apply for parole, while the Crown requested a 15-year minimum.

The 57-year-old has now filed court documents stating the 13-year parole restriction is excessive, given his unblemished past.

Wiens is also appealing his conviction, arguing trial Judge Geoff Barrow did not give proper weight to certain trial evidence.

Wiens said he shot Kalmring in self defence when she lunged at him with a knife, but Barrow ruled the August 2011 murder in the couple's Penticton home was impulsive, senseless and alcohol-fuelled, prompted by an increasingly bitter eight-month battle over finances. (CKOR)

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