On May 12th, 2003 35 year old software developer Michael Briere kidnapped, raped, and murdered 10 year old Holly Jones in Toronto, Ontario. Briere dismembered her body and placed it into 2 bags using weights throwing the bags in the Toronto Harbor. The bags were found the next morning by a man walking his dog.
Briere kidnapped Holly Jones after she finished walking a friend home in a west Toronto neighborhood. Within hours of her disappearance police had issued an Amber Alert for her. The area around Holly Jones house had also reported many attempted child abductions in the weeks prior to her murder.
When the police asked people that lived in the area for a DNA sample Briere became a suspect as he was the only one in the area who refused to give one. So the police grabbed a discarded soda can that he used and linked his DNA to DNA under Holly’s fingernails.
Briere pleaded guilty to the crime on June 17th, 2004 to spare the Jones family from a trial, receiving an automatic life sentence in Kingston and will not be eligible to apply for parole until 2028. Another reason why Canada so needs to have the death penalty. Briere blamed viewing child porn as the reason for doing what he did.
Michael Briere (born 1968) lived in Toronto but was originally from Montreal who was described by neighbors as a quiet plump strange loser who stood only 5’7. Brier had no prior criminal record. Early in life Briere was known as a charmer and into body building. Later in life he got into sitting on the couch, computer games, and dungeons and dragons. Brier even got married to a woman in 1993 but was divorced by 1997.