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article imageCanadian military burns convicted killer's uniform

By Lynn Curwin     Nov 19, 2010 in Crime
The Canadian Forces collected the military clothing of convicted murdered Russell Williams and had the articles burned. It is believed that it is the first time this has been done.
CBC News reported that, on Wednesday, four officers went into the cottage in eastern Ontario where the man who had been a military colonel committed one of his murders, and retrieving his military clothing and other gear.
The clothes were burned at CFB Trenton, the base Williams had once commanded, on Thursday.
Cmdr. Hubert Genest said that he has never known of uniforms being burned before, and that it was done because Williams’ name was on the items.
Some of his unmarked books and manuals were kept so that they could be reused.
Williams was convicted of first-degree murder in the rapes and murders of Cpl. Marie-France Comeau and Jessica Lloyd. He also entered guilty pleas to 82 fetish break-and-enters and thefts and two sexual assaults.
He is serving a life sentence and is not eligible for parole for at least 25 years.
The military is still in the process of retrieving Williams’ medals and the document confirming he was a serving officer.
Williams had been awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration Medal, for good service, and the South West Asia Service Medal, for serving in Afghanistan.
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