Husband pleads guilty to killing Calgary actress, burying body in backyard


CALGARY — A Calgary man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting he killed his common-law wife and hid her body outside the home they shared.

Joshua Burgess pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on what was supposed to be the beginning of his trial.

Actress Shannon Madill, who was 25, was reported missing on Dec. 1, 2014, after failing to show up for a family event.

Her body was discovered seven months later buried in the backyard of her home.

Burgess apologized to Madill’s family for removing her light from the world and said “I am so sorry.”

He won’t be eligible for parole for 10 years after the judge accepted a joint submission from the Crown and defence.

The Canadian Press