Guilty plea in murder case

Trevor Toews pleads guilty in an Edmonton courtroom to second degree murder of his former girlfriend, Alexandra Noble in 2012

A former Vernon resident will have a chance to apply for parole in 10 years.

Trevor Toews, 29, pleaded guilty in an Edmonton courtroom last week to second degree murder of his former girlfriend, Alexandra Noble, 25, on July 25, 2012.

Noble was a former student at Vernon’s Clarence Fulton Secondary School.

Toews’ murder trial was to have started last Tuesday. But, to the relief of Noble’s family, he entered a guilty plea. He was immediately sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years, and was given credit for time in custody already served.

Toews turned himself into police on the same day as Noble’s murder.

“For myself and my wife, this has been devastating,” said James Fenton, Noble’s uncle through marriage. “It’s been really tough as Alex’s mom passed away shortly after her death.”

On July 25, 2012. Edmonton RCMP went to the apartment once shared by the couple and found Noble on the floor in a hallway, unresponsive.

CPR was initiated and Noble was revived. She was taken to an Edmonton hospital, where she died.

Death was determined to be by strangulation following an autopsy.

Noble and Toews had a young child together.

“We’re so glad he pleaded guilty, he saved all of us a lot of heartache and grief,” said Fenton. “Not just our family but his family as well.”