Updated: Preeper brothers plead guilty to murdering Melissa Peacock

Metro Halifax
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

Trial was originally scheduled for Kentville


Two brothers have been handed life sentences after pleading guilty to murdering Dartmouth’s Melissa Dawn Peacock.

At Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax July 16, Dustan Joseph Preeper, 26, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, while Joshua Michael Preeper, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder

Joshua had been charged with first-degree murder originally, but pleaded guilty to the lesser offence.

They had been scheduled to go to trial in Kentville provincial court this fall.

Dustan also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death Ben Hare, who was found dead outside a Truro apartment building in 2010.

Details of the gruesome killing of Peacock were read into court from an agreed statement of facts, and it included the 20-year-old victim being stabbed, dragged into the woods and set on fire.

The Dartmouth woman went missing in November, 2011, and her remains were found near Upper Stewiacke in the summer of 2012.

Her last known location was Gore, Hants County.

The judge gave Dustan a life sentence with no parole eligibility for 25 years in the Peacock murder. He was also handed a life sentence with no parole eligibility for 12 years in the killing of Hare.

Joshua got a life sentence with no parole eligibility for 12 years in Peacock’s murder.

Prior to being sentenced, Dustan was asked if he had anything he wanted to say and told everyone in the courtroom to “go f— yourself,” which resulted in gasps from those in the gallery.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Supreme Court

Geographic location: Dartmouth, Kentville, Upper Stewiacke

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page



Recent comments

  • R. I. H.
    July 17, 2014 - 11:00

    Maybe his outburst in court came as a result of his realization that "that" is just what he will be doing for the next 25 years.

  • farfromhome
    July 16, 2014 - 18:26

    Beat, heal, repeat...

  • RA
    July 16, 2014 - 17:56

    Our courts (judges) are pathetic, and our jails are even worse. These guys will spend the next twenty five and twelve years doing drugs that are brought in by guards. If Melissa was a police officers or a judges daughter, theses guys would be serving a true life sentence, you can be sure of that.

  • enjoy the trip
    July 16, 2014 - 13:09

    Nice youngman but limited vocabulary ,he meant to say something else....anyway 12-13 yr to learn how to read ,write and master the english vocabulary.if he still has the same limited vocabulary..it will be a long 25 years.The victims did not deserve this.

    • Reality
      July 16, 2014 - 15:22

      Too bad that our tax dollars will be used to keep this scum incarcerated. They don't deserve to take their next breath.