Brampton father who killed his 2 sons faces a life sentence

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Published January 26, 2023 at 7:35 pm

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Edwin Bastidas will be sentenced next month for murdering his two young sons in Brampton three years ago.

Bastidas had a sentencing hearing this week in a Brampton court after pleading guilty to second-degree murders for killing Jonathan Bastidas, 12, and Nicolas Bastidas, 9, whom he admitted to smothering to death. Multiple media reports indicated that both Bastidas’ defence lawyer and the Crown attorneys have agreed that the 55-year-old should serve a life sentence with no chance of parole for 18 years.

Ontario Superior Court of Justice Bruce Durno will make a sentencing ruling in February.

The agreed-upon statement of facts read in court detailed that Bastidas was facing severe financial difficulty in 2019. On the morning of Nov. 6 of that year, after his wife and the boys’ mother had left for work, Bastides killed both boys.

That evening, he tried to make it look like the boys had eaten dinner while their mother was out, and also tried to make it look like they were asleep.

One report said that late that night, the mother checked on Jonathan in bed and deduced that he was dead by touching him. She ran out of her home to call for help.

It was after 11 p.m. by the time Peel Regional Police officers responded to a call to the house. That would have been at least 12 hours after the killings.

The name of the mother has been held out of recent media reports.

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