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Pawnbroker’s killer to spend at least 10 years in prison

The man who killed a local pawnbroker in 2004 will have to spend a total of 10 years in prison before becoming eligible to seek parole.

Kien Beng Tan was found guilty earlier this year of the second-degree murder of Sonny Le, owner of Lee’s Jewellers and Loans at the corner of No. 3 Road and Westminster Highway.

The verdict comes with a mandatory life sentence, but this week, B.C. Supreme Court Justice John Savage ruled on how long Tan will have to wait until he can apply for early parole.

A life sentence comes with a minimum 10-year-period of parole ineligibility, and Savage ruled the minimum was appropriate.

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