ALBERTA

Robert Reitmeier's Appeal Denied In Murder Of Calgarian

06/22/2016 10:38 EDT | Updated 06/22/2016 10:59 EDT
Anti-Racist Canada

CALGARY — A self-proclaimed white supremacist's sentence for second-degree murder in the savage beating death of a Calgary man will stand.

The Alberta Court of Appeal rejected Robert Reitmeier's bid to have his sentence — life with no chance of parole for 13 years — reduced.

Mark Mariani was killed after going to a video store in northwest Calgary on Oct. 3, 2010.

Brutal beating

He was walking down an alley to his parked car when he was kicked and stomped, leaving him with a fractured skull.

The 47-year-old, who was frail with Crohn's disease and unable to defend himself, crawled to his car but died there.

The prosecutor in the case said Mariani was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, adding a motive for the attack may never be known.

In his appeal, Reitmeier requested a new trial and claimed evidence presented during his trial was prejudicial.

Tyler Sturrup pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in March to the same crime and is to spend at least 10 years in jail before he is eligible for parole.

(CHQR)

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