Former CFL player Joshua Boden convicted of first degree murder

VANCOUVER — A former Canadian Football League recipient convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend is expected to be sentenced today in the BC Supreme Court.

VANCOUVER — A former Canadian Football League recipient convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend is expected to be sentenced today in the BC Supreme Court.

Joshua Boden was found guilty of second-degree murder last fall in the 2009 death of 33-year-old Kimberly Hallgarth in Burnaby, BC, the home she shared with her three-year-old daughter.

Crown prosecutor Brendan McCabe told the court at a sentencing hearing last week that Boden, who is now 35, brutally beat Hallgarth, had her strangled and then staged the scene to make it look like an accident.

McCabe called the murder “stupid, brutal and horrific,” and said photos of Hallgarth’s injuries were the most shocking he’d seen in his career.

The conviction is life imprisonment, but the judge must set the parole condition, which the Crown said should be 15 years, while Boden’s lawyer asked for 12 years.

Boden played for the BC Lions in 2007 before being fired from the team in 2008 and signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, although he never played a regular season game with that team before being eliminated.

McCabe told the court that Hallgarth had sent photos of her injuries from a previous assault by Boden to then Lions coach Wally Buono, and Boden blamed her for ending his football career.

He has maintained his innocence in her death.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 24, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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