Michael McCormick

Michael McCormick

Sooke man sentenced to 12 years for killing his mother

Pamella Dyer, 64, was beaten to death in her French Road home in Sooke

  • Jan. 9, 2017 12:00 p.m.

A Sooke man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing his mother.

On Monday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Brian MacKenzie found Michael McCormick, 38, guilty of manslaughter in the death of Pamella Dyer, 64, whose remains were found on July 20, 2014.

Dyer was beaten to death.

Dyer was found dead in her home at 2227 French Rd. in Sooke by a friend who went to check on her. Initially, her death was deemed suspicious, but police would not confirm it was a homicide.

During a sentencing hearing, the court heard McCormick was high on crystal meth and angry with his mother.

He admitted killing his mother during a videotaped interview with police.

McCormick will only spend about eight and a half years behind bars, after receiving extra credit for time served.

There is no minimum sentence for manslaughter. The maximum is life.