Sentencing date finally set for man who pled guilty to triple homicide

Former Quesnel resident Ehr Ola Andersen was one of Reuben Buhler’s victims

Burns Lake resident Reuben Buhler, 56, appeared in Smithers Supreme Court on Dec. 12 to deal with his sentencing hearing process.

His next appearance has been scheduled for Feb. 28 at which time, Buhler and the families of his victims will hear how long he will have to stay in prison before he becomes eligible for a parole hearing.

Buhler was supposed to appear in Smithers Supreme Court on Dec. 7-8 for a sentencing hearing for a triple homicide he committed in Burns Lake in April 2015.

However, the sentencing hearing was put over to Dec. 12 after dense fog at Smithers Regional Airport cancelled flights and made impossible for the Justice to fly in.

At that time, both Crown and defence counsel thought it would only take one day to complete the sentencing proceedings.

The families of the victims have been waiting a long time to get some closure.

Around 8:25 a.m. on April 27, 2015, the Burns Lake RCMP attended a residence in the 200 block of Fifth Avenue after receiving a report of potential foul play.

According to media reports, neighbours said they heard gun shots ring out earlier that morning. When officers entered the residence, they found three people – Ridge Vern Vienneau, Mitchel Wade Ruttan and former Quesnel resident Ehr Ola Andersen – dead inside.

Buhler, who had originally been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, entered a guilty plea to three counts of second-degree murder during a court appearance in Smithers Supreme Court.

On May 4, 2017, news outlets reported the accused’s lawyer said Crown agreed to dropping the first degree murder charges for a guilty plea to second degree murder charges, thereby showing Buhler was accepting responsibility for his actions.

Second degree murder is a deliberate killing but unplanned; therefore, there was no trial and the families of the victims did not have to sit through a trial.

Buhler will automatically be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 10 years.

However, the accused’s lawyer noted these pleas were entered prior to trial, and by doing so, his client showed remorse, so the lawyer thought a 15- to 20-year parole ineligibility period would be appropriate in this case.

The sentencing matters were adjourned to Oct. 23 for sentencing.

On Dec. 7, the lawyer for the accused and the Crown agreed to appear in Smithers Supreme Court on Dec. 12 to complete the sentencing procedure.

Ehr Ola Andersen’s family members contacted the Quesnel Observer about Buhler going to court for sentencing, and indicated they were frustrated about how long it has taken for the wheels justice to grind forward.

Just Posted

City puts finishing touches on Wildfire Recovery Plan

Document will be sent to Emergency Management BC with recommendations for future disaster protocol

Quesnel’s trail building community just got a lot bigger

A new CNC course gives students a well-rounded education in track design, building and maintenance

UPDATED: five fires reported in Quesnel in eight hours

Fires being treated as suspicious, says RCMP

Reid Street construction on pause for Billy Barker Days

Crews will shut down construction to minimize disruption during the festival

Tarp structure on Warden Street to be removed

Property owner has 30 days to comply with the city’s request

VIDEO: Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

One year later: Still no suspects in killing of 13-year-old B.C. girl

Marrisa Shen was killed in Burnaby’s Central Park on July 18, 2017

BC Games opening ceremonies promise to be magical

Features Shane Koyczan and his band, Asani, parade of athletes, and lots more

VIDEO: Toronto Raptors send DeMar DeRozan to Spurs in colossal NBA trade

Toronto also sent Jakob Poeltl and 2019 first-round pick, gets Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

More lightning forecast as storm sparks 38 new wildfires in B.C.

22 new fires in are burning in the Kamloops Fire Centre according to the BC Wildfire Service.

Banff’s bathroom bears returned to the park after 15 months of rehab in Ontario

Black bears, now yearlings, were sent to the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Ontario last April

‘Recovery high schools,’ per diems urged to better manage addiction in B.C.

BC Centre for Substance Use says focus needs to shift to from overdose prevention to long-term care

Man hit over the head with a hatchet released from hospital

Prince Rupert RCMP have been in a standoff with a violent suspect since the early morning

Most Read