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Updated: 14th September 2018 09:23

Man who tried to pass off girlfriend's slaying as suicide sentenced to 11 years

A Calgary man who killed his girlfriend and then tried to convince police it was a suicide has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Luke MacLeod initially told police Sheri Carpen had killed herself when body discovered in 2015

Sheri Carpen's body was discovered in a northeast Calgary home in 2015. Luke MacLeod, who was her boyfriend, was sentenced this week to 11 years in prison for manslaughter. (Calgary Police Service)

A Calgary man who killed his girlfriend and then tried to convince police it was a suicide has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Luke Anthony MacLeod, 34, was sentenced by Cour|t of Queen's Bench Justice Keith Yamauchi on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty in April to manslaughter in the 2015 slaying of Sheri Michelle Carpen.

MacLeod was first charged with second-degree murder when he was arrested in Coaldale, Alta., in November 2015 following a police investigation.

Court heard he told police Carpen killed herself, but an autopsy and an investigation revealed the 31-year-old woman suffered blunt force trauma to her head and was strangled during a fight fuelled by cocaine and alcohol.

Her body was found in the basement of a home in Pineridge in northeast Calgary.

With files from The Canadian Press

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