A Canadian man was sentenced to life in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to killing his estranged girlfriend out of jealousy on a university campus in British Columbia. Gurjinder ‘Gary’ Dhaliwal, 24, will spend at least 21 years behind bars before he becomes eligible for parole in the 2011 shooting death of 19-year-old medical student and model, Maple Batalia. On September 28, 2011, Batalia was heading home after a late-night study session with friends in the library on Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus when she was shot and slashed multiple times in a nearby parking garage.
The striking brunette grew up in after moving there with her from India when she was a baby. She was a health and a part-time actress and model who had dreams of becoming a doctor. Batalia’s boyfriend, Gary Dhaliwal, was arrested in December 2012 and was initially charged with first-degree murder.
Last week, the 24-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to a downgraded charge of second-degree murder. Court documents stateS that Dhaliwal became blinded by jealous rage and shot Batalia three times in the back after seeing her studying with another man in the library. He then slashed the mortally wounded co-ed in the head 11 times before fleeing the scene in a rental car with a friend, who is also facing charges in the case.