39-year-old Justin Desautels of Dryden has been sentenced to life in a federal penitentiary with eligibility for parole in 13 years after the deaths of two Dryden residents.

Desautels was sentenced in Kenora Court by Justice John Fregeau. He says both second-degree murder charges will be served concurrently as well as the assault charges laid against him.

Back on March 2, 2020, Desautels, in a drug-induced crime spree, killed Mervin Brownlee at the Arbour Jade Trailer Park and Dorothy Brown died from her injuries later that month.

Justice Fregeau admits he would have imposed a stiff penalty on Desautels, but agreed with the joint submission from the council and the defence.

He says the opioid homicide rage disrupted what was thought to previously be a safe and secure community.