The 62-year-old man who pleaded guilty to murdering a Nanaimo teenager in 2017 will learn his fate next spring.
Steven Bacon, who admitted to the second-degree murder of 16-year-old Makayla Chang earlier this month, will be sentenced the week of April 11, 2023, CHEK News has learned.
Bacon initially entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in Chang’s death, but later changed his plea for the lesser charge.
The minimum sentence for second-degree murder in Canada is life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 10 years, though sentences can range up to no parole for 25 years.
Chang was last seen alive in Nanaimo in March 2017. Her disappearance sparked an investigation and wide-scale search until her body was found in May of that year.
Bacon was initially identified as a person of interest in the investigation but wasn’t named as a suspect until he was arrested in Thunder Bay on an unrelated charge in September 2020.