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Convicted killer to remain in prison longer

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A judge has dished out tougher parole eligibility for a Winnipeg man who beat a stranger to death as he tried to seek shelter from the cold.

Garvin Beardy, 31, was found guilty of second-degree murder last year and faced a mandatory penalty of life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 10 years. He returned to court Friday for sentencing, where Queen's Bench Justice Brenda Keyser raised it to 14 years.

Beardy and two other men were originally charged with the December 2008 killing of Radford Seaton, 35, inside a downtown apartment stairwell. Police believe Seaton was just trying to escape the cold when he was randomly attacked while huddled inside the building at 200 Good St.

He suffered multiple blows to the head and face, resulting in a skull fracture.

Beardy had been drinking with others in a nearby suite when he came across Seaton. Court heard robbery might have been the motive for the slaying, as a watch and MP3 player were stolen from the victim and were found in Beardy's possession. Police found Seaton's blood on Beardy's clothing, and several witnesses identified him as the attacker.

Beardy is the only one convicted of the three men charged.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 19, 2013 A5

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