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Man convicted of killing two Dryden seniors ineligible for parole for 13 years

Justin Desautels pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the 2020 deaths of Mervin Brownlee and Dorothy Brown in a Dryden trailer park and received an automatic life sentence
Justin Desautels pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in August 2020. (File).

DRYDEN — A man who pleaded guilty to attacking several people in a Dryden trailer park that resulted in the deaths of two seniors will remain behind bars for at least 13 years.

Justin Desautels, 39, appeared in a Kenora Courtroom on Thursday for a sentencing decision.

After pleading guilty last August to two counts of second-degree murder, along with other charges including aggravated assault, Desautels received an automatic life sentence.

The judge agreed with the joint submission on behalf of the Crown and defense counsel requesting 13 years of parole ineligibility for Desautels.

The charges relate to an incident at the Arbour Jade Trailer Park in Dryden the evening of March 2, 2020.

The Ontario Provincial Police received several reports of a suspicious person in the area at approximately 10 p.m. Several other 911 calls were also received that evening.

When police attended the trailer park four people were found with serious injuries and one man was found deceased in his trailer.

The man was later identified as 78-year-old Mervin Brownlee. Another victim, 72-year-old Dorothy Brown, died in hospital three weeks later as a result of her injuries.

Desautels was later arrested and charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault.


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