A West Kildonan man convicted of the brutal murder of his wife three years ago was sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 10 years.
Justice Karen Simonsen said she was satisfied that Miloslav Kapsik, 64, was suffering from some degree of mental illness when he killed his wife and should be considered for parole after 10 years.
Crown prosecutor Jennifer Mann had argued Kapsik should serve 14 years before being eligible for parole.
Defence counsel Greg Brodsky had argued unsuccessfully during trial in March the evidence of two forensic psychiatrists concluded he should be found not criminally responsible and be sent to a secure psychiatric facility.
Kapsik and his wife, Ludmila, then 59, were watching a Saturday night hockey game in their Jefferson Avenue apartment when he attacked her with a hammer, striking her 40 times in the arms and hands and 60 to 70 times in the head, chasing her around their apartment as she futilely tried to fend off the blows.
After the attack, Kapsik cleaned himself up and then called 911 and waited for police.
Kapsik had no explanation for the attack but court was told he had been suffering from mental illness and hearing voices.
The couple had been married for 36 years and there was no history of abuse or violence. They had no children.