Teen girl's butcher denied youth sentence appeal

Left: Whitney Van Der Wouden is pictured blowing out the candles on her 15th birthday cake in July...

Left: Whitney Van Der Wouden is pictured blowing out the candles on her 15th birthday cake in July 2008. Right: Kristopher Lavallee and Gregory Hepp pose for a photo at the campsite they were living at in Minnow Lake, Ont., in the spring of 2009. (Photos supplied)

Harold Carmichael, QMI Agency

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A young man who stabbed his Sudbury girlfriend to death, then cut up and burnt her body, has failed in his bid to overturn his adult sentence.

Gregory Hepp was 17 when he and Kristopher Lavallee, then 28, murdered 15-year-old Whitney (Dohlie) Van Der Wouden at a campsite in the woods south of Bancroft Drive in Minnow Lake.

Her body was dismembered and burned, and her remains buried in a shallow grave.

Hepp was convicted by a jury in March 2012 and sentenced as an adult by Justice Superior Court Justice Robbie Gordon to the maximum penalty -- seven years with no chance of parole.

Last week, the convicted killer, represented by noted Canadian criminal lawyer Brian Greenspan, had an appeal of that sentence heard in a Toronto court.

"We see no basis on which to interfere with the trial judge's imposition of an adult sentence," wrote Associate Chief Justice Alexandra Hoy, in a unanimous decision released this week.


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