‘The pain never goes away’: Sentencing hearing for prom night killer – Ontario News

‘The pain never goes away’: Sentencing hearing for prom night killer – Ontario News

Danny Volpi leaves the Ottawa courthouse Thursday after hearing sentencing arguments for Devontay Hackett. Volpi’s son, Brandon Volpi, was stabbed to death outside a hotel on prom night in June 2014. Convicted of second-degree murder, Devontay Hackett will be sentenced on Monday. Julie Oliver/Postmedia
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Kodey Carisse’s last memories of her brother, Brandon Volpi, are of him laughing and smiling in his prom night photos.

Now, there is just an emptiness that comes with the sorrow of a life taken too soon, she told a judge in an emotional victim impact statement Thursday.

Carisse fought back tears as she told a packed courtroom how she never got to say goodbye to Volpi, who was stabbed and slashed to death outside of Les Suites Hotel following his grad on June 7, 2014.

In February, a jury found Devontay Hackett guilty of second-degree murder. He’ll receive an automatic life sentence for the crime, although what remains to be decided is how many years of the prison sentence he must serve before he’s eligible to be considered for parole.

Crown prosecutors asked for 12 to 13 years; his defence lawyer, along with 9 of the 12 jurors who found him guilty, recommended the minimum of 10 years. Ontario Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland intends to deliver his sentence on Monday.

“It doesn’t get any better. The pain never goes away. It’s there to haunt me forever,” said Volpi’s father, Danny, in his own victim impact statement, which was read by the prosecutor.

“I lost a part of me. I lost my only son. I cannot describe the pain, but I would not wish it on my worst enemy,” Volpi wrote. “He was only 18. He had his…

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