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Appeal denied for man who killed North Bay woman in 2020

Tess Richey's family followed the appeal process closely and is pleased by its resolution
Tess Richey was found murdered in Toronto in November 2017.

It took 10 minutes for a panel of Ontario Court of Appeal judges to deny the appeal of convicted first-degree murderer Kalen Schlatter in a Toronto court this week.

Schlatter was convicted of the first-degree murder of 22-year-old Tess Richey in March 2020. The Crown successfully argued Schlatter sexually assaulted Richey in November 2017 and then killed her in the stairwell of a building under construction in Toronto's Village. 

See related: Kalen Schlatter found guilty by jury of killing Tess Richey

The Richey family has deep ties to North Bay and tells BayToday that following the appeal was an overwhelming process but garnered a welcome result.

It was Tess Richey's own mother who found her body days after she was reported missing. The Richey case has brought about some reforms in how police approach missing person cases. Toronto Police Service misconduct hearings related to the Richey case are expected to take place soon.

See also: Richey family files lawsuit to 'honour Tess' and protect potential victims

The family filed a $20-million lawsuit after Schlatter's conviction in 2020 to "hold others accountable for actions that contributed to her death, and to help prevent similar incidents in the future," according to Richey's mother, Christine Hermeston.

The panel will give its reasoning for upholding Schlatter's sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years at a later date. The Toronto man, 23 at the time of his trial, filed the notice of his appeal shortly after his 2020 conviction.


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Stu Campaigne

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Stu Campaigne is a full-time news reporter for, focusing on local politics and sharing our community's compelling human interest stories.
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