A man who says he had no recollection that his girlfriend died in a hotel room and claimed he never got the chance to have sex with her has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
John Pyle, 52, pleaded guilty in May to involuntary manslaughter for his part in the death of Michelle Noland, 25, in the early hours of Jan. 4, 2016.
Pyle, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and murder, had pleaded not guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter by voluntary manslaughter, but the judge on Friday rejected his arguments that he should receive a shorter sentence.
Noland died at the Savoy Hotel in Montreal in the days before her 25th birthday.
She was found unresponsive in the suite.
The court heard that Pyle had been to the hotel with Noland in April 2016 and that he was the last person to see her alive.
Pyle testified he was asleep in his bed when he heard the doorbell ring.
He was arrested days later and charged with murder.
Pyles’ lawyer, Thomas Pacheco, argued that his client had been depressed at the time of Noland’s death and that his “exhaustion” contributed to the overdose.
He argued that the drug intoxication did not result in Noland being “in a good frame of mind.”
The court also heard that after his arrest, Pyle told police he believed his girlfriend was having an affair with someone else.
He was arrested again and charged.
He had been free on $1.3 million bail.
Pacheco said he had been trying to move on with his life and his relationship with Nosenold.
Paceo’s attorney argued that Pachec was a “good man” and that the jury had convicted him of manslaughter.
The judge noted the lack of medical evidence and the fact that Padec had a history of substance abuse.
Padeco will serve his sentence in a mental institution, which Pacheo described as a prison where “it is not possible to take care of yourself.”
Pyle was a lawyer with the Montreal law firm of Doyen-Bois-Montréal, which has offices in Toronto and Quebec City.
The ruling was the first time a judge has given a death penalty to a lawyer convicted of manslaughter in the last 20 years.