Gordon Darrel Wolfe interrupted Justice Glen Parrett as his sentence was read in BC Supreme Court Monday, voicing his strong disagreement with the judge’s reiteration of the evidence presented by witnesses.
Wolfe was found guilty as charged of first degree murder in the death of his wife Tracey, and attempted murder in the shooting of his estranged wife’s boyfriend, Mark Guillet at the Prince George Harley Davidson Dealership on July 5th, 2000.
“That never happened,” Wolfe said, as the judge reviewed one witness’s account of Wolfe stepping on his wife’s back to hold her to the floor and shooting her in the head.
The witness being referenced, Carmen Jacobson, replied with emotion from the front row of the courtroom, “it did so.”
After calling order in the court, Parrett continued, “You are displaying the level of remorse I expected.”
Again Wolfe interrupted, saying “I’m tired of hearing these lies.”
Citing these examples, as well as the fact that the defendant did not show respect to the jury by standing when they entered the room, a point defense council took responsibility for, Judge Parrett stated that Wolfe did not show the remorse his defense claimed.
“I see nothing in the evidence or his conduct to indicate the faintest remorse,” stated Parrett, referring to Wolfe’s outburst, his earlier statements while Guillet was testifying, and his tone while describing his finger being “ripped” while Jacobson wrestled the gun from his hands after the shooting.
The judge also disagreed with defense council’s assertion that Wolfe was a fully contributing member of society, referring to the “sustained financial benefit” the accused acquired through an illegal marijuana grow operation.
“These offenses were in my finding brutal and calculated,” Parrett concluded. “Mr. Wolfe had two distinct opportunities to discontinue his actions, and did neither. He displayed no emotion, no anger, while testifying to what he did in that shop.
“This was little more than a cold blooded execution.”
Tracey Wolfe’s friends and family cheered when the judge read his verdict. Wolfe was sentenced to the mandatory 25 years to life in prison for first degree murder, 15 years for attempted murder, and an additional year for contempt of court. As per Canadian law, the three sentences will run concurrently.
Wolfe must also hand his firearms over to the RCMP, is prohibited from possessing any firearms, bows or explosives for life, and must give a DNA sample following the determination of his appeal.
Before concluding the case Justice Parrett spoke of the courage displayed by Jacobson, who attempted to intervene in the shooting on three occasions.
In response to the sentencing, Gordon Wolfe’s mother simply stated, “It’s a bunch of lies.”