Life sentence in Leaside woman's murder

Paul Hindle has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for 14 years for the murder of his common-law wife Lisa Lebitka.

Hindle was charged with second-degree murder in January of last year for the murder of Lebitka, 45.

Hindle strangled Lebitka back in 2011, just three days after Christmas. He pleaded guilty last year.

Lebitka, an interior designer, lived with Hindle and her three children from a previous marriage.

In passing sentence, the judge said Hindle had opportunities to save Lebitka but instead tried to cover up her murder in an attempt to save himself from prosecution.

The judge also said Hindle only expressed remorse after he was arrested. However the judge also said he took into consideration Hindle's guilty plea.

Lebitka's friends and family packed the courtroom for Wednesday's sentencing. Her 12-year-old daughter Paige said the sentence won't change anything and said violence will forever be part of her life.

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