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Life sentence for man who killed daughter, 5, to make estranged wife suffer

Life sentence for man who killed daughter, 5, to make estranged wife suffer
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ST. JOHN S, N.L. -- A Newfoundland man who killed his five-year-old daughter in what the Crown said was a calculated plan to inflict suffering on his estranged wife has been sentenced to life in prison.

A provincial Supreme Court judge determined today that Trent Butt won t be eligible for parole for at least 25 years in the first-degree murder of his daughter Quinn.

Butt was also sentenced to three years for the arson of his home, to be served concurrently.

The judge also barred Butt from communicating with Quinn s mother, his estranged wife Andrea Gosse, and her immediate family.

The emotionally charged case had captured the province s attention.

The Crown had argued that 40-year-old Butt killed Quinn in 2016 to inflict suffering on Gosse.

Butt testified at trial that he did not remember killing Quinn, saying he found himself over her body and concluded he must have suffocated her.
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