Editor’s note: This article contains disturbing details
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A former realtor on the Lower Mainland who admitted to stabbing his ex-girlfriend dozens of times before deliberately crashing his car in Burnaby to try and cover it up the killing will be eligible to apply for parole in 15 years.
Jan Poepl killed Nicole Porciello in November, 2018, and has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. That comes with an automatic life sentence, and the judge’s decision to grant parole eligibility in 15 years time is in line with what Crown prosecutors had been pushing for.
Victim’s family reaction: Nicole Porciello’s cousin Gina Iuliano expresses disappointment Jan Poepl will have parole eligibility in 15 years: pic.twitter.com/4yQdrI0J39
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Defence lawyers had been asking for parole eligibility to be set at 10 years, which is the minimum for second-degree murder.
Speaking for the family, Porciello’s cousin Gina Iuliano said they wanted Poepl punished to the fullest extent of the law to send a message, and deter this kind of violence. They wanted to see the maximum penalty, which is 25 years before he is eligible for parole.
“I wouldn’t feel safe with him being out. I don’t think her son would feel safe. I know even with [Poepl] in prison, he doesn’t feel he’s in a safe place right now,” said Porciello’s friend, Rica Durnin.
Iuliano tells NEWS 1130 she can’t comprehend Tuesday’s result in court, calling it “disappointing” that Poepl could be walking the streets in 15 years.
UPDATE: Speaking for the family, Nicole Porciello’s cousin Gina Iuliano says she can’t comprehend Tuesday’s result in court, calling it “disappointing” that Jan Poepl could be walking the streets in 15 years. https://t.co/vtii7C9Tu9 pic.twitter.com/fZfw7gCr49
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“Is that what we want to tell our community?” she asks. “This has actually said to everybody, you can commit a crime like this, you could potentially be walking the streets in 15 years. He committed the crime at 31 years old. He viciously tortured Nicole … and in 15 years which is 46. He could actually be walking the streets. Is that what we want in our country? I don’t believe so. I really don’t.”
Iuliano adds she’s trying to understand what it takes for someone to be handed a life sentence in Canada “based on the horrific circumstances.”
“She was pure love. She was fierce. She was smart. She was intelligent. And she wanted everybody to be a great person. She believed in everybody and wanted to help everybody.”
Porciello, 34, was a special education assistant and a mother who left behind a 10-year-old son.
Poepl stabbed her 47 times before trying to cover up the crime by driving his SUV into a lampstand on the Barnet Highway in November of 2018. The day before her funeral, Poepl was arrested.
The court learned that before the crash, Poepl recorded a video of Porciello as she lay dying.
Iuliano says she wants all British Columbians to be able to see how “unfair” and “unjust” Tuesday’s sentencing is.
“I think we actually have to look at this as Canadians to really understand what’s happening and why these criminals … are allowed to walk the street and do this.”
Iuliano also wants people to know Porciello will be remembered for how she lived, not how she died.
“We can’t forget the loving person that she was and he took that away from us. I say ‘us’ but he took a great person who could have made a difference in this world away from the world and our community.”
– With files from John Ackermann and Nikitha Martins