WOODSTOCK, N.B. — A New Brunswick man who killed his mother and set her home on fire has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 16 years.

Ryan Ernest Roy pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and arson in November.

A spokesperson with the Court of Queen's Bench in Woodstock, N.B., says Roy was also ordered to provide a DNA sample and is prohibited from owning firearms.

RCMP New Brunswick
RCMP New Brunswick

The RCMP say emergency crews responded to a house fire in Peel, near Hartland, around 4:45 a.m. on March 2, 2015.

The body of 52-year-old Phyllis Roy was found inside the home. She had been stabbed multiple times.


Court of Queen's Bench Justice Tracey DeWare imposed the sentence on Friday after listening to sentencing recommendations from the Crown and defence on Wednesday.

Defence lawyer Ed Derrah said Roy had a history of abuse, anger and multiple diagnoses of mental health issues and recommended he serve 15 years before having a chance at being paroled. The prosecution had wanted at least 19 years.

A psychiatric assessment found Roy did not have a mental disorder.


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