CALGARY -- The family of murder victim Mark Mariani thought they’d start the new year off free of darkness.
Now they must go through it again as the man who killed Mariani, neo-Nazi Robert Reitmeier, is appealing his conviction and sentence.
In November, Reitmeier, 27, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the brutal Oct. 3, 2010 beating death of Mariani, 47.
Last month, Reitmeier was ordered to serve a minimum 13 years in prison before he is eligible for full parole from his life sentence.
His co-accused, Tyler Sturrup, 27, was handed 10 years in March after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.
In the handwritten notice of appeal filed Dec. 30, Reitmeier asks for a new trial by judge alone, for an “unreasonable verdict” and “inconsistent testimony” regarding video evidence, among other reasons.
He also claims the judge erred “by imposing an excessive parole ineligibility date” and also “by failing to take into consideration the complete lack of direct evidence against me when determining an appropriate sentence.”
The decision to increase Reitmeier’s parole ineligibility had been applauded by Mariani’s family who were in the courtroom for the sentence.