Grief-stricken mother addresses daughter’s murderer Joseph Chang

His sentencing hearing comes after conviction for 2018 shooting of girlfriend Alicia Lewandowski outside her mother’s Mississauga home

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“For me it is a life sentence of grief.”


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An overcome Mira Lewandowski told a Brampton court Friday about the brutal tragedy of losing her daughter Alicia to murder outside her Mississauga home in 2018.

“I find it so incredibly hard to carry on with my life knowing that Alicia is gone forever,” she told the court remotely as the man who murdered her daughter  listened.

Prosecutors also read victim impact statements from eight relatives and friends.

Alicia Lewandowski, 25, was shot three times and killed by her boyfriend of four years – Joseph Chang – as they sat in his car at about  5 a.m. March 5, 2018.

Chang, 42, has a life sentence after being convicted in September of second degree murder.

Friday’s arguments will determine how long he will be ineligible to apply for parole.


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Prosecutors argued for 17 to 20 years.

His lawyers asked for 10 to 12 years.

On March 2, 2018, Chang was holed up in his Toronto apartment refusing to answer his door or respond to her many concerned phone calls and texts.

Lewandowski eventually called 911, saying she was worried because her boyfriend was “doing a lot of drugs.”

At trial, his lawyers argued his use of crack cocaine had made him so delusional, he destroyed his condo that night looking for bugging devices and accidentally flooded the unit after removing the sprinkler.

Before firefighters arrived, he tossed drugs, a gun and a silencer out of his apartment.

On March 5, 2018, after days of refusing to communicate, Chang armed himself with a friend’s 9mm Luger and picked up Lewandowski outside her mother’s Mississauga townhouse.


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They went for a drive and returned just before 5 a.m.

After he shot her once in the head, she called 9-11.

During that call – as she begged for her life – he shot her two more times;  a bullet piercing her heart.

In her verdict,  Judge Jennifer Woollcombe rejected Chang’s claim he suffered  drug-induced psychosis and didn’t intend to kill Lewandowski.

Their troubled relationship included a 2016 domestic abuse complaint Lewandowski later retracted.

According to her mother, Lewandowski’s heroin addiction worsened after she met Chang in 2014.

His lawyers described him as a drug dealer who “got high on his own supply.”

At the end of Friday’s hearing Chang told the court:

“I’m very sick about what has happened – about what the family is going through.  I just want to say I’m very sorry,” he said.

Chang still faces trial in 2022 for two offences involving guns and drugs.

Justice Woollcombe will issue her judgment on parole ineligibility December 10.


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