Murder case vs. Hobson finally ends
A long and drawn out legal process has come to an end for a young Thunder Bay resident charged with a series of “brutal” crimes against an older man he regarded as a friend.
Leif James Palmer Hobson, 23, was formally handed a life sentence for the death of 66-year-old Edgar Joseph (Gabriel) Marion.
In April, Hobson pleaded guilty to four charges: second-degree murder; committing an indignity to human remains; robbery with violence; and arson.
Tuesday’s hearing in Thunder Bay Superior Court was to go over a Gladue Report, which canvassed Hobson’s upbringing, family relationships, and the circumstances that led to frequent brushes with the law.
Justice F. Bruce Fitzpatrick noted that after pleading guilty, Crown and defence counsel submitted an agreed statement of facts. In it, Hobson detailed his relationship with Marion, how they got into an altercation on July 9-10, 2009 that led Hobson to beat the older man to death. Then, to cover up the crime, Hobson placed the body in Marion’s 1988 Chevy Caprice and took it to a wooded area of the city where he set it ablaze. He also started a fire in Marion’s Algoma Street apartment.
The cause of Marion’s death was ruled as blunt force trauma to the head and face.
A pair of cyclists in the so-called Shuniah Mines area came across the burnt wreckage of the car and called police.
Three days later, Hobson was taken into custody. He has remained at the Thunder Bay District Jail ever since.
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