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Laura Szendrei's killer could be sentenced as an adult

10/18/2013 10:12 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
The young man who beat 15-year-old Laura Szendrei to death in a Delta, B.C., park two years ago is expected to find out today if he will be sentenced as a young offender or an adult, and if his identity will be publicly released.

While the young offender's identity is known to many in the community, his identity has never been publicly been released because he was just days away from his 18th birthday in 2010 when he killed the young teen as she walked through Mackie Park on her way to meet friends on the afternoon of Sept. 25, 2010.

At his sentencing hearing lawyers have been arguing whether he should be sentenced as an adult or young offender.

But, even if he is sentenced as an adult, the public may still not learn his identity because his lawyer has filed an application asking the judge to extent the publication ban in the interests of his personal safety.

The deputy warden of Fraser Regional Correctional Centre told the court earlier this week the notoriety of the murder would mean the young man would need to be isolated from other inmates.

Szendrei's family says they want their daughter's attacker to get treatment and to be sentenced to life in prison, with no chance of parole for seven years.

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