03/17/2015 02:13 EDT | Updated 05/17/2015 05:12 EDT

Quebec pet-sitter who shot and killed homeowner gets life sentence

A Val-des-Monts, Que., man has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing a neighbour who had entrusted him to care for his animals.

Michael Brazier, 42, had pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of second degree murder in the May 2012 shooting death of 57-year-old Richard Blanchet.

He was sentenced Tuesday to life imprisonment without eligibility for parole for 12 years. Factoring time already served, Brazier is eligible for parole in May 2024.

Blanchet had left Brazier in charge of his home to care for his pets while he was on a trip, but when he returned Brazier shot and killed him, according to an agreed statement of facts.

After Blanchet's body was found at his home, police asked for the public's help to find his truck.

They arrested Brazier at the Motel Ritz on Gréber Boulevard in Gatineau after the victim's truck was spotted near the motel.