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04/28/2015 11:31 EDT | Updated 06/28/2015 01:12 EDT

Brother gives victim impact statement at bus shelter death sentencing

KENTVILLE, N.S. - A man has told a Nova Scotia court that he was in disbelief when he had heard his brother had died after being set on fire while he slept in a bus shelter.Ron Lawrence read a victim impact statement today at a sentencing hearing for two men who pleaded guilty in the death of his brother Harley, a 62-year-old man who was homeless.Lawrence says his brother's death was a tragic loss for him and he will be dealing with it for the rest of his life.Twenty-seven-year-old Daniel Wayne Surette and 26-year-old Kyle David James Fredericks pleaded guilty in February to second-degree murder.According to an agreed statement of facts, Surette bought $10 worth of gasoline while Fredericks pumped it into a plastic jug on Oct. 23, 2013, in Berwick, a community about 120 kilometres northwest of Halifax.The statement of facts says Surette poured the gas on Lawrence and either he or Fredericks had set him on fire with a lighter.After Lawrence's death, local residents said he was using the bus shelter for refuge as temperatures dipped.In the days that followed, a candlelight vigil was held in his memory where the bus shelter stood.