A 22-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to 10 years behind bars in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found burned in a park in Burnaby, BC, a year ago.
Carlo Tobias pleaded guilty to manslaughter and aiding and abetting after the fact, even though he had originally been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 49-year-old Ma Cecilia Loreto.
With the credit for time served, Tobias has 8.5 years left.
According to the agreed fact sheet, read in court, Tobias hid behind a door in a house in New Westminster in March 2021. When Loreto entered, he slapped her in the face. She was still alive and breathing when another person shortly after stabbed Loreto.
Her body was then wrapped in blankets and taped to make it look like a blanket.
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Her burnt remains were discovered March 18 in Greentree Village Park in Burnaby.
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Investigators had said they did not believe her killing was a random act and that no one involved was previously known to police.
A female teenager was also charged in the incident but cannot be named under the Juvenile Delinquency Act.
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