Former CFL player Joshua Boden sentenced for life in second-degree murder of ex-girlfriend

FORMER Canadian Football League player Joshua Joseph Boden has been sentenced in BC Supreme Court following his conviction on November 4, 2021, of the second-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend Kimberly Lynn Hallgarth.

On Friday, he received a sentence of life in prison with no parole eligibility for 14 years.

On March 15, 2009, the Burnaby RCMP responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive woman at a residence in the 6700-block of Colborne Avenue. First responders located Hallgarth deceased.  The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the investigation.

Following an initial investigation by IHIT, assisted by the Burnaby RCMP and the Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS), the case was taken over by IHIT’s Cold Case Team. IHIT investigators acquired new evidence, and following an extensive investigation, arrested Boden in November 2018 with a charge by BC Prosecution Service for second-degree murder.

“This outcome was due to the perseverance of IHIT’s investigators and our partners,” said IHIT Sgt. David Lee. “We wish to recognize all those involved as well as acknowledge the importance of witnesses who came forward, provided testimony, which helped bring justice to Kimberly Hallgarth.”