Dartmouth man sentenced to life, no parole eligibility for 21 years, in killing of girlfriend

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DARTMOUTH - A Dartmouth man who pleaded guilty to the stabbing death of girlfriend Tara Lynn Park faces at least 21 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

Christopher Hutchinson is escorted into Dartmouth provincial court on June 4 by sheriffs.

On Tuesday, a judge ruled Christopher Kenneth Hutchinson must serve 21 years before he can apply for parole.

Hutchinson had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Park’s death in February.

Chris Hansen, spokeswoman for the Public Prosecution Service, said Hutchinson is not allowed to own a firearm for 99 years, must make restitution in the amount of $2,878.37, and provide a DNA sample.

Park was found in a stairwell of a Dartmouth apartment on June 1 after police responded to reports of a commotion in the building.

An autopsy determined she was stabbed to death, and police say Hutchinson became a person of interest early on. He was arrested and charged two days later.

The guilty plea carries an automatic life in prison sentence.

On Tuesday, the judge decided to prolong Hutchinson’s parole ineligibility longer than either side had requested, since the Crown was looking for 15 to 17 years and the defence had asked for 12 to 15 years.

Organizations: Public Prosecution Service

Geographic location: Dartmouth

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