Calgary man with neo-Nazi ties gets life in prison for savage beating death

A founding member of a white supremacist group in Calgary has been sentenced to life in prison for the random killing of an ailing man.

Tyler Sturrup, 28, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the beating death of Mark Mariani.

Mariani was walking down a northwest alley, heading for his parked car, when he was savagely kicked and stomped on Oct. 3, 2010.

The 47-year-old was frail with Crohn’s Disease and unable to defend himself.

Sturrup, who helped found the Western European Bloodline supremacist group, was arrested seven months later.

He admitted in court to attacking Mariani for no reason.

A judge, calling the killing cowardly and vicious, ruled Sturrup won’t be eligible to apply for parole for 10 years.

Mariani’s family members read victim impact statements in court describing how he bravely fought his disease while caring for others.

“Even the last day that I talked to him, he was in pain and stuff but all he wanted to do was go and help people,” said his brother Dino Mariani.

“That’s the kind of guy Mark was. He really was. He was a generous, giving man.”

He called the guilty plea a surprise and relief but the case is not over yet.

“There’s still one more hurdle we have to go through.”

Robert Reitmeier, 25, is also charged with second-degree murder in the death of Mariani.

At the time of his arrest, police said he also had ties to the same supremacist group. He is set to stand trial later this year.

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