Travis Johnny reads apology letter without Lepretre's family present

By Chad Klassen
October 12, 2016 - 11:28am Updated: October 12, 2016 - 12:10pm

KAMLOOPS — One of two men who murdered Archie Lepretre on a downtown Kamloops basketball court five years ago apologized in BC Supreme Court on Wednesday morning, but few of the victim's family members wanted to hear it.

As Johnny's defense lawyer, Don Campbell, argued for parole of 10-12 years for his client, he announced Johnny wanted to read an apology letter aloud in court. Immediately, most of Lepretre's family members left the courtroom, not interested in hearing what Johnny had to say. 

Johnny expressed his regret, saying "I apologize for what I've done. There's not a single day that goes by that I don't think about it."

"I hate myself for doing it," he added. "I wish I could take it all back."

Johnny noted he prays for Lepretre's family every day, but "I don't expect any of you to forgive me."

He has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence.

Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley must now decide how long Johnny serves before he becomes eligible for parole. Sentencing is schedule to take place at 3:15 at B.C. Supreme Court.

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