The sign at the Calgary Courts Centre in Calgary, is shown on Jan. 5, 2018. A Toronto man has been handed a fine and is required to cover court costs for taking photos of an Alberta judge and Alberta Health Services lawyer and posting them online. Donald Smith, whose lawyer called him an amateur journalist, appeared by video from Toronto today before Justice Adam Germain. He was fined $1,000 and will be required to pay $1,500 in court costs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

Calgary man who killed girlfriend and her toddler appeals conviction, sentence

CALGARY — A man who killed a woman and her young daughter before burying them in a shallow grave near Calgary is appealing his sentence and conviction on a charge of second-degree murder.

Robert Leeming, who is 37, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Jasmine Lovett.

However, he pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder charge he faced in the death of 22-month-old Aliyah Sanderson.

He was convicted earlier this year of second-degree murder in the toddler’s death.

The mother and daughter were found in the grave in Kananaskis Country, west of Calgary, in May 2019, after they had been missing for weeks.

A judge ruled earlier this month that Leeming must serve 22 years before he can apply for parole.

At the time, Leeming’s lawyer, Balfour Der, said his client had the right to appeal the conviction in the murder of the child.

The Court of Appeal provided notice of the appeal late Friday, but no further details were released.

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