Canadian Colonel pleads guilty

Russel Williams will spend life in prison

By Jennifer Hughes

Col. David Russell Williams pled guilty to 88 charges last week in front of his courtroom hearing in Belleville, Ontario.

The former Colonel of the Canadian Forces, who had commanded the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton in Ontario, was stripped of his rank and all military medals when he was arrested for two counts of first-degree murder, two other counts of sexual assault, counts of forcible containments, and 82 counts of breaking-and-entering and attempted breaking-and-entering.

For the two deaths, Williams faces life in prison, with no chance of parole for a minimum of 25 years.

Williams was arrested on Feb. 7 following a search for Jessica Lloyd, a Belleville inhabitant who was found missing on Jan. 28. After an interrogation lasting nearly 10 hours, Williams confessed to abducting and murdering Lloyd and led the police to her body. Williams also confessed to torturing and suffocating Corporal Marie-France Comeau, a military flight attendant who had been based at CFB Trenton. Her body had been found in her home in Brighton on Nov. 25, 2009.

Williams admitted to several other crimes involving sexual assault and breaking-and-entering. When asked during the interrogation why he had done this, Williams replied, “I don’t have any answers, and I’m pretty sure the answers don’t matter.”

Williams said he would plead guilty “to minimize the impact on [his] wife,” the Toronto Star reported.

Williams had hidden files in his Ottawa home of videos and photos he’d taken of the assaults and deaths of both Lloyd and Comeau. Included in the stash were hundreds of photos of his fetishistic break-ins, reported the Globe and Mail.

Williams followed a pattern, the Crown Attorney said during William’s hearing. He would break into bedrooms of women and girls, first taking pictures of the rooms, then of their lingerie, and finally of him modeling in them. Hundreds of items of lingerie had been stolen and were found by the police after his arrest.

Williams admitted that he sought out rooms of women ranging from their teens to early their 30’s, CBC reported. A dozen of the bedrooms he broke into were those of girls under the age of 18.

According to CBC, Crown Prosecutor Robert Morrison said William’s sexually obsessive behavior began in 2007-2008.

Williams was relieved of his post as the base commander at CFB Trenton on Feb. 8.

He first joined the military in 1987, and since then he has worked his way up the ranks of the Canadian Forces. He was trained as a military pilot, flying Canadian Forces VIP aircraft, transporting such people as Steven Harper and Queen Elizabeth II, and had been promoted to Colonel in Jan. 2009.

Though he has been stripped of his rank, Williams will still receive his military pension of approximately $60,000 a year while serving his prison sentence, the Vancouver Sun stated.

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