Legebokoff to receive more time for appeal

Man convicted for four murders around Prince George five years ago gets extension for appeal.

Cody Legebokoff was charged with four counts of murder between 2009 and 2010.

Cody Legebokoff was charged with four counts of murder between 2009 and 2010.

Convicted serial killer Cody Legebokoff has been granted an extension which will allow a February appeal of his convictions to proceed.

The B.C. Court of Appeal granted the extension on August 6. Normally the time limit for an appeal would be 30 days from his conviction, which occurred on September 16, 2014. However, Legebokoff’s counsel asked for leniency, and was allowed to file an appeal on February 12 of this year.

Legebokoff’s lawyers have cited two miscarriages of justice as the basis for the appeal of the four life sentences handed down to their client. One relates to a change of venue application, the other to Legebokoff’s right to be represented by the counsel of his choice throughout the proceedings.

The twenty-five-year old was sentenced to life in prison without eligibility for parole for 25 years for the first degree murders of Stacey Stuchenko (35), Natasha Montgomery (24), Cynthia Maas (35), and Loren Leslie (15) in and around Prince George in 2009 and 2010.

Doug Leslie, Loren’s father, calls Legebokoff a “narcissist and sociopath” and believes the appeal is an attempt to hurt people once more. He also calls the move a “last ditch effort”, and believes that Legebokoff will never be released. However, he says that bringing the case back into the public eye will help serve as a reminder and warning that there are more people like Legebokoff out there. “On a positive note, that’s the way you gotta look at it.”

Barbara Roden