The crown wanted 50 years but I think 200 - 25 years for eight slain men to be served consecutively - would have sent a stronger message. But he added that even if McArthur sought parole at 91, the chances of his receiving it would be "very remote at best".
Serial killer Bruce McArthur's punishment for murdering eight men is exactly the same as if he'd killed just one: life without eligibility for parole for 25 years.
They were Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, Skandaraj Navaratnam and Soroush Mahmudi.
The Kanagaratnams were among the dozens of friends and family who sat silently in court Friday as McMahon read from his sentencing report.
The 67-year-old killer sat quietly hunched over, hands folded in his lap, as a row of police detectives - whose investigation unfolded over the course of last year to become Toronto's largest ever - watched from a row of seats directly behind him.
"We're presuming that homophobia and racism had something to do with how much energy and effort went into investigating Project Houston", he said, referring to an investigation into three missing men later found to be among McArthur's victims.
A man said that McArthur had tried to choke him in the back of his van but that he escaped.
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein oversaw the investigation until Whitaker was appointed after Sessions's resignation. On Thursday, Democrats on the committee marked up a subpoena for possible use to compel his cooperation.
McArthur has been in prison since January 2018 when investigators discovered dismembered remains in planters at home he used as storage for his business.
But the sentence McArthur ended up receiving Friday, the Associated Press says, was the most lenient option on the table. Meaghan Gray, a spokeswoman for Toronto Police, had said that over the years law enforcement had launched two investigations, Project Houston and Project Prism, "to do everything possible to locate the missing men".
Toronto police and the trial did not reveal a motive. Cantlon described the extensive collection of photographs McArthur kept of his victims - many of them taken while they were alive. Most victims were immigrants and some lived parts of their life in secret because of their sexual orientation. Police say more victims may be identified.
A ninth sub file on McArthur's found USB storage device had been titled "John" - the name of the man found handcuffed to the bed, naked, with duct tape over his mouth.
Several of the men McArthur killed were of Middle Eastern descent.
"Why did the police seemingly not take the concerns of the LGBTQ community more seriously?" the paper asked.
Jooyoung Lee, a sociologist and an expert on serial homicide cases, said the fact that McArthur's victims belonged to marginalised groups may have helped him evade police for years. "Although there can be no closure from a harm of this magnitude, we hope that these eight convictions for first-degree murder will assist our community in beginning a new chapter of healing".
April 14, 2017 - Selim Esen, 44, is reported missing.
Police are still reviewing a series of cold cases to see if they can find any links to McArthur but have said that so far, they believe he didn't kill anyone else.