B.C. killer sentenced to at least 23 years


A man convicted of killing two women in the Fraser Valley has been sentenced to life in prison, with no chance of parole for 23 years.

Davey Mateo Butorac, 32, was found guilty of second-degree murder in July 2010 in the deaths of the two women. The conviction carries an automatic life sentence.

The sentence was handed down Thursday by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Arnold-Bailey.

Crown counsel had asked that Butorac be ineligible for parole for 25 years. The defence asked for 20 to 22 years.

He was described by the Crown as being among the worst group of offenders. Case law from the trials of serial killers Robert Pickton and Clifford Olsen were cited to support Crown's argument.

Butorac killed Sheryl Lynn Koroll, 50, and Gwendolyn Jo Lawton, 46. The court heard that the murdered women were drug addicts and worked in the sex trade. Family members offered victim impact statements saying both women were helpful and kind.

Lawton's body was discovered in March 2007 at the side of a gravel road in the Pemberton Hill area of northwest Abbotsford. Koroll's body was discovered in an industrial area of Langley in July 2007.