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Guelph man who murdered his mother sentenced to life in prison

Jacob Roncato pleaded guilty to second-degree murder earlier this year

A Guelph man who murdered his mother in 2017 has been sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility of parole for 10 years.

Jacob Roncato, 29, was sentenced by Justice Bruce Durno in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Guelph on Tuesday.

In February, Roncato pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his mother Mirellla Roncato.

He was originally charged with first-degree murder.

Mirella Roncato, 54, was found shortly after midnight on July 18, 2017, in her Hasler Crescent home in south Guelph.

Jacob Roncato was arrested at 6:15 a.m. the same day while riding a Guelph Transit bus.

Friends and family indicated at the time of the incident that Jacob Roncato had been dealing with mental health issues around the time he killed his mother.

In her obituary, the married mother of three was remembered as someone with “a kind heart and dedication to her family and friends, always placing their needs in front of her own.”

In addition, Roncato must submit a DNA order and is prohibited from owning weapons for life.