SASKATOON — A man convicted of grisly murders in British Columbia and Manitoba has been found dead in a Saskatchewan psychiatric facility.
The Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon issued a statement saying Traigo Ehkid Andretti was found unresponsive in his cell on Saturday and could not be revived.
Corrections officials will review the circumstances surrounding Andretti's death and Saskatoon police and the coroner have been notified.
Andretti, 40, was convicted of first degree murder in 2014 for the death of his wife Jennifer McPherson.
Her remains were found scattered on a remote island off the east coast of Vancouver Island.
Andretti was subsequently charged with second degree murder in the 2006 slaying of Myrna Letandre in Manitoba, for which he later plead guilty.
Some of Letandre's dismembered remains were found in 2013 in a Winnipeg rooming house where Andretti had been living.
Both murder charges carry automatic life sentences and the Manitoba judge overseeing court proceedings in the Letandre murder said Andretti showed an "absence of humanity."
"You should be locked up for the rest of your natural life," said Justice Chris Martin told Andretti as he formally passed sentence.
The Regional Psychiatric Centre is described by the Correctional Service as a multi-level security forensic psychiatry facility. It says inmates are housed in direct observation living units.
The Canadian Press
©2016 The Canadian Press
Little trouble for North Stars in game 1 as they take down Wings 5-1
The Battlefords North Stars physically outmatched a younger Weyburn Red Wings team in a 5-1 win on...
READ MORE +
N.B. woman hospitalized after being struck by car
A North Battleford woman was taken to hospital for treatment after being struck by a car outside a...
READ MORE +
RCMP renew warning for laced drugs after 2 deaths in Maidstone
Police are warning the public about fentanyl-laced drugs in the province after two men died in...
READ MORE +
Join the Discussion
We are happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules: Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. See full commenting rules.