September 25, 2013 - 5:32 PM
PENTICTON - Convicted killer Keith Wiens should "be a man and do his time" instead of appealing his conviction for second-degree murder, according to family members of Lynn Kalmring, his common-law partner who he shot in the face in an argument over money.
Former Mountie Wiens, 58, filed an appeal on Aug. 23 Crown spokesperson Samantha Hulme says. Wiens made the application himself without a lawyer and is responsible for moving the process forward. Hulme says the Crown has nothing to state at this point.
"Crown will respond in due course at the appropriate time to his application," she added.
But Donna Irwin, Kalmring's sister, has plenty to say. Irwin says the family's not surprised with Wiens' appeal attempt. "That's just who he is."
She refers to a copy of Wiens' appeal application which was published online. She says Wiens complained his unblemished past was not taken into account when he was convicted and sentenced.
"He's just a bad a man and he's where he needs to be," she says. "The world is a safer place with him behind bars."
Irwin says a former spouse of Wiens took two years to leave him because she thought he would kill her. While her family is not surprised with Wiens' appeal application, it is still upsetting.
"Dictating all of this stuff from jail just makes us angry," she explains. "He was a police officer. He shot my sister in the face. And now he thinks he had an unfair trial. He should be a man and do his time."
Irwin and other members also want to visit the former couple homes, one in Penticton and another in Arizona, but are being denied. They want to retrieve Kalmring's belongings.
"We've not been allowed in either one of those residences," she says. "We still don't even have that closure. From jail he's still trying to control and manipulate our family."
Irwin says she and her family want more rights for the victims of crime and have enlisted MP Dan Albas in their fight to change the rules.
On Aug. 16, 2011 he shot Kalmring at their Penticton home and later claimed in his jury trial he was defending himself. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on July 25 and is up for parole in 13 years.
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- This story was updated at 10:12 a.m., Sept. 26 2013 to add comments from Donna Irwin, the sister of Lynn Kalmring, who was shot and killed on Aug. 16, 2011.
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