Mark Phillips has been handed a jail sentence for the 2015 murders of Amber Diebert and Jody Topilko.
Phillips pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree murder in Grande Prairie Court of Queen’s Bench Tuesday. A preliminary hearing was scheduled to last through April 28.
He has been given the mandatory life sentence for each count, with no chance of parole for 30 years.
Phillips is already serving seven years for a 2014 drug bust where RCMP seized over 1,800 fentanyl pills, the largest fentanyl bust in Grande Prairie at the time. He pleaded guilty to charges that include money laundering, trafficking and fraud in that case. The case against a co-accused facing charges that include fraud and money laundering is still before the court
The bodies of Amber Diebert, 24, and Jody Topilko, 30, were found in a rural area west of Clairmont, a few kilometres from one another, two days apart in December 2015.