Advocate questions historically harsh sentence for Winnipeg homeless killer

John Ostamas was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 75 years after he pled guilty to killing three men

Dennis Ward
APTN National News
The sentence given to a serial killer is raising concerns.

John Paul Ostamas was handed three consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole for 75 years.

An advocate for rehabilitating inmates thinks the sentence is ushering in a new era of harsh punishment.


Host, Producer / Winnipeg

Dennis is Metis from southern Manitoba. After spending a decade working in TV in Alberta and Ontario, Dennis returned to Manitoba to join APTN’s Winnipeg bureau as reporter/correspondent in September 2014. In 2016, he won a Canadian Association of Journalists award for his story A Soldier Scorned for APTN Investigates. In 2017, he became a host/producer for APTN National News and Face to Face. In 2020, Dennis and co host Melissa Ridgen were nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best News Anchor, National.