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04/28/2015 10:09 EDT | Updated 06/28/2015 01:12 EDT

Sentencing hearing for two men guilty of murder in bus shelter burning death

KENTVILLE, N.S. - A sentencing hearing is underway today for two Nova Scotia men who pleaded guilty to murder after they set a homeless man on fire.Twenty-seven-year-old Daniel Wayne Surette and 26-year-old Kyle David James Fredericks pleaded guilty in February to second-degree murder in the death of Harley Lawrence.The 62-year-old Lawrence was asleep in a bus shelter in Berwick, a small community about 120 kilometres northwest of Halifax, when he was killed on Oct. 23, 2013.When the case was last in court, the Crown read a summation of an agreed statement of facts saying Surette and Fredericks doused Lawrence with gas and set him on fire with a cigarette lighter.Judge Gregory Warner told the Nova Scotia Supreme Court today that seven victim impact statements from Lawrence's family members have been provided to the court, one of which will be read by his brother Ron.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.