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Sentencing hearing gets underway in Ontario double-murder case

In this photo taken through a small garage window, Dean Brown, 18, exits a police vehicle in the Belleville Provincial courthouse garage, and awaits his first in-court appearance on Monday, March 15, 2010.

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It's expected to be an emotional day in a Picton courtroom as the sentencing hearing for Dean Brown gets underway.

The 20-year-old Belleville man was convicted Wednesday of the first-degree murders of 46-year-old Tracy Hannah and her 14-year-old daughter Whitney.

He was also convicted of the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend Shannon Hannah.

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Mr. Brown shot all three women in their Mountainview home, south of Belleville, in March of last year.

Victim impact statements will be read out in the courtroom today before Mr. Brown is sentenced.

First-degree murder convictions carry life behind bars with no chance of parole for 25 years.

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