Paul Sentencing On Wed.

Dustin Paul will receive his sentence Wednesday morning.

Justice Duncan Shaw told those gathered at the Penticton Courthouse Tuesday afternoon that he wants to think things over before passing sentence.

“There are a lot of factors to this, I wish to think it over tonight,” says Shaw.

Paul was found guilty in September of 2006 on three counts of second degree murder and two counts of attempted murder stemming from an incident on land belonging to the Penticton Indian Band.

Crown Counsel John Swanson says Paul should spend between 18 and 20 years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

“There are many mitigating factors that should be taken into consideration when deciding Mr. Paul’s parole eligibility. In my submissions, the aggravating factors are more apparent than the others,” says Swanson.

He says he wants Paul to receive a life-long ban on owning firearms and to submit a DNA sample.

Swanson says 15 victim impact statements made by the friends and families of Quincey Paul, Damien Endeney and Robin Baptiste, who Paul killed in 2004, have been submitted to Justice Shaw.

Defence lawyer Chris Johnson says 17 people wrote character references for Paul, including former Penticton mayor David Perry.

He says the defence will not dispute the firearms and DNA requests.

Paul will find out how many years he will spend behind bars before he is eligible for parole at 10 am Wednesday.

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