Updated: Preeper brothers plead guilty to murdering Melissa Peacock

Trial was originally scheduled for Kentville

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Published on July 16, 2014

METRO HALIFAX

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.