Two people plead guilty to murder in death of Loretta Saunders

Blake Leggette and Victoria Henneberry pled guilty to killing the young Inuit woman last year

HALIFAX – Two people have pleaded guilty in Nova Scotia to murder in the death of Loretta Saunders, a young Inuit woman killed last year.

Related: Loretta Barbara Grace Saunders, 1987-2014

Blake Leggette pleaded guilty today in the province’s Supreme Court to first-degree murder and will be sentenced to an automatic life sentence with no parole eligibility for 25 years.

Victoria Henneberry has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, which carries a life sentence and no parole eligibility of between 10 and 25 years.

Saunders’ body was found in a wooded area off a New Brunswick highway two weeks after she disappeared from her Halifax apartment in February 2014.

The 26-year-old woman was a student at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.