|Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank sat silently with no expression as they were found guilty of first-degree murder for shooting Klaus' parents and sister on a central Alberta farm. During their trial, Klaus and Frank each blamed the other for the murders and gave different versions of what happened. The judge said if the Klaus family dog hadn't been shot, police may never have known the victims had been murdered. Fire crews arrived at the cattle ranch and found the brown Labrador retriever dead. The Crown is seeking no chance of parole for 75 years. Life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years is automatic for first-degree murder, but there are provisions in the Criminal Code to have sentences served one after the other for multiple murders.|
|Joshua Frank sat in the front seat of a pickup truck, thinking he was meeting with a crime boss when he calmly described the night he snuck into a central Alberta farmhouse and shot Gordon, Sandra and Monica Klaus.|
Frank and Jason Klaus are each charged with three counts of first-degree murder. RCMP in the undercover operation videotaped the sting.
|'Mr. Big' asked, "So would it be safe to say you're a stone cold killer?" Frank smiled and replied, "I guess." The two men shared a laugh. Frank said Klaus approached him a couple of weeks before the murders. He had been writing cheques on his father's account. "So he proposed we go in and take them out and burn down the farm." |
Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank
|Frank calmly told Mr. Big about shooting the three victims. "I'm not a fucking animal. Well, I guess I kind of am." Frank said "I shot Gordon first. In the head." He said he shot Sandra in the temple. The gunshots woke Monica up and he shot her in the head. He wanted to be sure they were all dead. "Then I went and double tapped them."|