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Tracey Ann Guthrie Januray 2006 Vancouver
« on: October 27, 2007, 10:00:12 AM »
 
October 27, 2007

Homeless man sentenced to life for B.C. murder
By CP

VANCOUVER -- A homeless man will serve a life sentence for the murder of a Vancouver woman whose body was dumped at city hall last year.

Tracey Ann Guthrie walked away from treatment at Vancouver General Hospital in January 2006 and two days later her body was found underneath bushes at city hall after an anonymous caller phoned 911.

Vancouver police announced yesterday Steve Vezina pleaded guilty to her murder and has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 25 years.

"It is very unusual for a suspect to plead guilty to first-degree murder," said deputy Chief Const. Doug LePard, the head of the police investigation division.

Vezina, 28, was arrested in Calgary in March 2006 and his DNA linked him to the crime.

Police say he confessed to the murder and also walked investigators through a simulation of how he killed the 39-year-old woman.

He had been convicted of violent crime in the past, police said, and was known to law enforcement.

"We can put the last year and a half behind us and have closure," said Guthrie's younger sister Robyn Brandow.

"We are lucky in a sense that we don't have to go through the agonizing details of the trial."

Thirty investigators worked the case, which was the city's first homicide in 2006.

Guthrie was known to police, having lived on the streets and in city shelters during the 1990s.

She'd been living in a Surrey, B.C., apartment when she was admitted to hospital. Brandow said she'd describe her sister as an outgoing and beautiful person.