Belleville, Ontario • A commander who was a rising star in Canada’s military pleaded guilty Monday to the murders of two women, the sexual assaults of two others and dozens of breaking and entering charges in which he stole panties from the bedrooms of girls as young as 11.
Col. Russell Williams, who once flew prime ministers and served as a pilot to Queen Elsizabeth II during a 2005 visit, was the commander of Canada’s largest Air Force base until he was charged earlier this year.
He pleaded guilty Monday to two first-degree murder charges, two sexual assaults and 82 breaking and entering charges in a Belleville, Ontario court. The 47-year-old faces an automatic sentence of life in prison with no possibility for parole for at least 25 years.
Queen gets rock from collapsed mine
London • Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Monday gave Britain’s queen and prime minister each a rock taken from the bottom of the collapsed San Jose mine — a symbol of his effort to turn the disaster-turned-success story into an international image makeover.
The rescue of 33 men from the stricken mine, where they’d been trapped for more than two months, united Chileans and elicited a wave of sympat… >>>