On August 29, 2010, the victim, Jason Farro, was found dead at 70 Centre Street in St. Thomas after police and fire were called to the residence for a house fire. Investigation revealed that the victim had been murdered prior to the house being set on fire. The victim, from the Toronto area, had been at the house visiting acquaintances.
After a lengthy police investigation, Tina Ellis and Daniel Belding, both residents of 70 Centre Street at the time, were arrested and charged with First Degree Murder and Arson in this incident.
On May 14, 2013, Daniel Belding pled guilty to Second Degree Murder and was sentenced to life in prison, with parole eligibility in 16 years.
On July 4, 2013, Tina Ellis pled guilty to being an Accessory After the Fact to Murder and was sentenced to 4 years in jail, a 10 year weapons prohibition and was required to submit DNA to the DNA data bank.
The plea and sentencing on July 4 concludes the court process for the family of the victim, who will continue to grieve and miss their loved one. July 4 also wraps up a long and detailed investigation by the St. Thomas Police Criminal Investigations Bureau who have worked closely with the family of Mr. Farro.
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