The family of a murdered teenager says they’re not happy that the killer will be able to take a plea bargain.
Global Okanagan reports Matthew Foerster will be pleading guilty to second degree murder in the death of Taylor Van Diest, the 18 year old killed on Halloween night 2011 in Armstrong.
That will avoid the need for a second trial for Foerster who appealed his 2014 conviction for first degree murder over mistakes made by the trial judge.
Foerster will be in court March 12, where he’s expected to enter a guilty plea.
Taylor’s mother, Marie Van Diest, says the justice system is flawed to allow this to happen.
She’s been told Foerster’s sentence will include having to serve at least 17 years before parole eligibility, far less than the original 25 year minimum term for first degree murder.
Foerster, originally from Cherryville, was supposed to have started his second trial May 28th in Kelowna.
Photo: Marie Van Diest and family members at news conference in 2011