Sask couple who plotted to kill spouses guilty


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Two lovers accused of plotting to kill their spouses in Saskatchewan have been found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder.

The jury in Prince Albert took close to 30 hours before convicting Curtis Vey and Angela Nicholson on Sunday.

Crown prosecutor Lori O'Connor had argued that the pair planned to kill Vey's wife, Brigitte, in a house fire, and Nicholson's husband, Jim Taylor by drugging him and then making him disappear.

Court heard earlier in the trial that Brigitte Vey hid an iPod under the kitchen table at their farmhouse and secretly recorded her husband and Nicholson hatching the plan on July 1, 2013.

O'Connor said based on that conversation, both of the accused met the threshold for conspiracy to commit murder.

But Vey and Nicholson's lawyers told court their clients weren't serious about killing their spouses and didn't have any intention of doing so.

In the scratchy recording, Nicholson shows up and chats with Vey about her birthday, and mentions the flowers that he gave her for Valentine's Day, her pending divorce and his work on the farm.

Then the lengthy conversation shifts to their spouses.

"It could be a number of days before anybody's suspicious he's gone," Vey is heard saying. "Is there going to be really anybody who really is worried about him?"

Nicholson and her husband had been married for 30 years at the time, but were separated. She's heard talking about getting into his house.

"If I go in there, if I turn over, say the coffee table, and I open the cupboards, and I'd go upstairs and I'd pull dresser drawers out and make it look like they're rummaging through for something. That's going to make them suspicious, is it not?" she wonders.

"Just make sure you got gloves on," Vey whispers.

A few minutes later, Vey wonders about a fire at his house.

"The bottom line is that's how, you know, it's set up to be an accident, right?" he says. "Do you know what I mean? Like, the house burns down."

Both Vey and Nicholson were each convicted of two counts of conspiracy to commit murder -- one for their own spouse and a separate count for the other's.

Under cross-examination, Brigitte Vey acknowledged that her husband had never hurt her in the past and she had never been concerned for her safety.

Court also heard a conversation Nicholson had with an undercover police officer who was in a cell with her after she was arrested July 6, 2013. Nicholson said she researched how to set a grease fire, but was too "chicken" to do it.

Nicholson told her cellmate that her marriage to Taylor crumbled because of his alleged alcoholism, addiction to cocaine and a gambling habit that lost the couple $100,000. She said Taylor was emotionally abusive and prevented her from finishing their divorce proceedings, which started in 2009.

Saskatchewan couple who plotted to kill spouses found guilty - Saskatoon - CBC News
 
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Two lovers convicted of plotting to kill their spouses have each been sentenced to three years behind bars.

Curtis Vey and Angela Nicholson were sentenced Friday at Prince Albert’s Court of Queen’s Bench.

The two were found guilty in June of two counts of conspiring to commit murder.

During the trial, court heard secret audio recordings in which Nicholson and Vey discussed a plan to kill Vey’s wife, Brigitte, in a house fire and Nicholson’s husband, Jim Taylor, by drugging him. The recording was captured July 1, 2013, after Brigitte hid an iPod under a kitchen table.

Nicholson is heard in the scratchy recording chatting with Curtis Vey about her birthday. She mentions flowers he gave her for Valentine’s Day, her pending divorce and his work on the farm.

Then the lengthy conversation shifts to their spouses.

The case has grabbed national attention because Curtis and Brigitte Vey are the parents of NHL player Linden Vey.

The Crown described Curtis Vey and Nicholson’s plan as chilling during the trial, while the defence team argued the pair did not intend to follow through with their discussion.

Brigitte, who read a victim impact statement Friday, said it still scares her to think she was sleeping next to someone who was planning such things.

She said she struggled with panic attacks but forgives Curtis, and she acknowledged during cross-examination her husband had never hurt her and she had never been concerned for her safety.

Nicholson apologized to family and friends when she spoke Friday, and said she’s since gone to counselling. She struggled to speak in court because she was crying so hard.

Curtis Vey also apologized, saying he’s truly sorry and deeply regrets his words. He wasn’t in a good place in his life, he said.

The Criminal Code of Canada says anyone who conspires to commit murder faces a maximum term of life in prison. A judge said during sentencing the lack of sophistication in the pair’s plan led to the lesser sentence. The two have been remorseful and are unlikely to reoffend, he said.

The Crown asked for a six-year sentence for both Nicholson and Vey.

Vey’s lawyer, Aaron Fox, asked for a 16-month sentence for his client, while Nicholson’s lawyer, Ron Piche, requested Nicholson serve a six-month sentence plus two years of probation.

Vey and Nicholson sentenced to three years in murder-conspiracy case | CTV Saskatoon News (external - login to view)
 
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