Rafferty to be sentenced Tuesday

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The family of Victoria "Tori" Stafford will finally get to have their say in court as the little girl’s killer, Michael Rafferty, will be sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 25 years on Tuesday.

Tara McDonald spent a fourth Mother’s Day Sunday without her daughter, but she said the agony has finally lessened somewhat after a London, Ont., jury on Friday found Rafferty guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault causing bodily harm.

"We finally have peace. We can finally rest. Until the verdict, Tori wasn’t able to rest in peace. She deserved this verdict," McDonald said Saturday.

"It was the most relief I have ever felt in my life. It felt like a ton of bricks had been lifted off us."

Tori was kidnapped April 8, 2009, while walking home from school in Woodstock, Ont. Terri-Lynne McClintic, 21, confessed to luring the eight-year-old girl with the promise of seeing a puppy and pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in April 2010. She is serving life in prison.

McClintic testified against her ex-boyfriend, Rafferty, 31, near the start of the 10-week trial.

Rafferty pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

Family members will read victim impact statements at Rafferty’s formal sentencing Tuesday.