Tamara Elliott, Global News :
Monday, March 04, 2013 6:31 PM
CALGARY- A former white supremacist has pleaded guilty in the death of a
man who was viciously attacked and found dead in front of a northwest
In October 2010, 47-year-old Mark Mariani was
approached by two complete strangers behind the mall. They knocked him
down and repeatedly kicked and stomped him. Mariani died of severe head
injuries, and the motive behind the vicious attack is still not known.
Tyler Sturrup entered a guilty plea in court on Monday in connection
with the attack—the very day his trial was set to get underway.
think we were all preparing for a long, lengthy trial, preparing to go
the distance for whatever we needed to do, and it was a shock this
turned around like it did today,” says Mariani’s brother, Dino. “We’re
all surprised by it.”
In court, Sturrup offered an apology, saying, “I cannot give Mark his life back, I wish I could. But I can take responsibility.
“I deeply regret my past violent and reckless behaviour. I’m sorry for the pain I’ve caused your family.”
Sturrup was sentenced to life in prison, with no chance of parole for 10 years.
Mariani’s family left court satisfied some justice has been served,
there is still another trial scheduled. Robert Reitmeier, the second man
accused in Mariani’s murder, is set to face a judge in the fall.
With files from Nancy Hixt
Not sure how this influences Robert Reitmeier's trial, but it certainly makes things a bit more interesting. If we were to guess though, we would imagine that it doesn't look too good for him.
While the imprisonment of Sturrup will not bring back the life of Mark Mariani, at least he's off the streets for a long time and will not be able to hurt anyone. He might be up for parole in 2021, but given his personality and penchant for violence, we hope he rots there.