Colton Steinhauer was sentenced after being found guilty of first degree murder in the death of Filipino convenience store clerk Ricky Cenabre on December 18, 2015. Two other Canadians were convicted in the murder of OFW in Edmonton, Alberta.
TWO LIFE SENTENCES FOR MURDER OF OFW, ONE OTHER
Steinhauer will serve 25 years before being eligible for parole. The sentenced was given by Court of Queen’s Bench Associate Chief Justice Ken Nielsen.
Cenabre was working at a Mac’s convenience store when Steinhauer and two others robbed the establishment.
Steinhauer faces two consecutive life sentences for his role in the death of the Filipino convenience store clerk.
Prosecutors argued for a 50 year period before Steinhauer could apply for parole, but his defence successfully argued for 25 years.
The judge commended the Edmonton police for quickly arresting Steinhauer and his two accomplices hours after Cenabre’s murder.
MURDER OF OFW MAKES HEADLINES IN EDMONTON
Like tens of thousands of OFWs before him, Cenabre came to Canada from the Philippines looking for a better life for his family.
Cenabre sent money home to the Philippines to support his wife and son. He had a pending application for Permanent Residency and was in the process of sponsoring his family when he was killed.
MURDER OF OFW CANCELS PR APPLICATION
Cenabre’s death voided the Permanent Residency application, his wife and son are currently in Canada in a visitors visa.
For almost four years, Cenabre’s wife and son has been dependent on family and friends for support. It is illegal for foreigners on visitor visas to work in Canada.
If they want to stay in Canada, they must each submit an individual application for Permanent Residency.
OFW FAMILY’S FUTURE IN CANADA IN DOUBT
With the conclusion of Steinhauer’s trial, Cenabre’s family is running out of time to find a valid reason to stay in Canada.
If they are unable to apply to extend their stay, or find another program that will allow them to remain in Canada, they must return to the Philippines before their visitor visas expire.
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