McArthur (67) pleaded guilty to all eight killings and was sentenced to 25 years for each.
Justice John McMahon, despite calling the crimes "pure evil", decided McArthur would serve the sentences concurrently, which means in only 25 years this man will be eligible for parole.
McArthur pleaded guilty last week to eight counts of first-degree murder.
The offence of first-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the chance of parole for 25 years, but a law enacted in 2011 now allows judges to use their discretion to sentence multiple murderers to additional periods of parole ineligibility. He was sentenced to 11 concurrent life sentences, but applied for early parole after 15 years (the threshold at the time) and, when this was denied, applied at every future opportunity, causing the families of his victims reoccurring grief.
Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur has been handed a life sentence for the murder of eight men and he can not apply for parole for 25 years.
Those statements provided an insight into the emotional wreckage wrought by the former landscaper and the physical, mental and financial damage inflicted on the loves ones of all eight victims: Andrew Kinsman, 49, Selim Esen, 44, Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, Abdulbasir Faizi, 44, Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, 37, Dean Lisowick, 47, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Majeed Kayhan, 58.
"(McArthur) also exploited others in the belief that he was their friend ... they placed their trust in him which he manipulated and used to his advantage.
Many said they had long grappled with the disappearance of a son, father, brother or friend only to learn previous year that their loved one had been killed.
Body parts of seven victims were found hidden inside large planters that McArthur stored at a client's home in midtown Toronto. Most of the victims, as well as McArthur himself, had deep ties to Toronto's Gay Village neighbourhood.
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The remains of an eighth victim were later discovered in a ravine behind the property.
But the sentence McArthur ended up receiving Friday, the Associated Press says, was the most lenient option on the table.
Going off that lead, police eventually placed McArthur under recurring surveillance and gathered sufficient evidence to arrest him on January 18, 2018, when officers saw him bring a Middle Eastern man into his east Toronto apartment complex - a man they subsequently found naked and handcuffed to McArthur's bed.
The judge also noted that most men do not live to the age of 91.
A Toronto police officer is facing disciplinary charges over his involvement in that arrest and release.
"All or most of the victims were vulnerable individuals who were lured to their death", McMahon said.
In McArthur's bedroom, they found John naked and handcuffed to the bed. Most victims were immigrants and of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent. All of them had ties to the city's LGBTQ community.
Bezan says he wants to ease the impact on victims' families when serious offenders, who often do not get paroled, apply anyway and get the hearings they're entitled to when they do.
"This is a crime of stark horror", Cantlon said in a statement.
April 14, 2017 - Selim Esen, 44, is reported missing. Police said he was likely killed sometime between September and December 2015.