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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Abuser - Canadian boxer and Commonwealth Games gold medalist
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: May 4, 2002
Date of arrest: Same day
Date of birth: ???
Victim profile: His ex-girlfriend, Jessica Nethery, 21
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife (58 times)
Location: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Status: Sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 14 years in May 2005

Jeremy Molitor is a former Canadian boxer and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, currently serving a life sentence for second-degree murder.

He and his younger brother Steve were known affectionately as the "Bruise Brothers", as they rose from Sarnia's gyms to the top of Canada's amateur boxing ranks in the late 1990s. Both of them were educated at Sarnia's Northern Collegiate Institution and Vocational School (N.C.I.V.S.)

In high school, Jeremy was known as an outspoken and violent bully, while Steve was much more reserved. Due to his rising celebrity as an amateur boxer, his behavior was largely ignored by the faculty and staff at N.C.I.V.S.

Molitor shot to fame at the 1998 Commonwealth Games held at Kuala Lumpur. There, he won the Welterweight (67kg) title, defeating Absolom Okoth of Kenya 14-9 to claim the gold medal.

Afterwards, he was considered a celebrity in his native Lambton County. He dropped the puck for an OHL game between the Sarnia Sting and Kitchener Rangers held in Sarnia, and had some minor sponsorship deals.

Molitor narrowly failed to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics and his career took a major downturn from that point, as he battled addictions to cocaine and alcohol and failed to maintain his former training regime. He tried moving to Toronto for several months to train with his up-and-coming brother, but his personal problems continued.

On May 4, 2002, five months after moving back to Sarnia, he confronted his ex-girlfriend, a 21-year-old waitress named Jessica Nethery, in a parking garage and stabbed her 58 times. She bled to death in her red Pontiac Grand Am.

At the time, Molitor was under a restraining order to stay away from his former girlfriend, who he had previously abused. Molitor was also listed in police reports as being under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time.

In December 2004, Molitor was convicted of second-degree murder, and the following May was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 14 years. With credit for time already served he can apply for parole in 2015.

His younger brother Steve Molitor is currently boxing professionally, and is the IBF's light featherweight champion.


Canadian amateur boxing champ charged with murder

CBC Sports

Monday, May 6, 2002

A Canadian amateur boxing champion is charged with first-degree murder following the stabbing death of his former girlfriend.

Jeremy Molitor, a gold medallist at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, made an appearance in a Sarnia courtroom on Monday. Justice of the peace Joanne Rogers, remanded Molitor, who had his right forearm wrapped heavily in bandages, in custody and granted Molitor's lawyer, Ed Gresham, his request to have the case adjourned for a week so he could review the Crown's evidence against Molitor.

Molitor is accused of killing 21-year-old Jessica Nethery, who body was found late Saturday morning inside a locked car in a parking garage.

Police said that last December, Nethery had lodged a complaint of assault and threatening against the 24-year-old Molitor, which was to have gone to trial in June. Molitor was barred from communicating with Nethery as a condition of his release on bail in December.

Police and the Crown recommended against releasing Molitor at the time, Sgt. Norman Hansen said. Nethery's father said his daughter and Molitor ended their relationship after the December incidenct, but there seemed to have been some communication between the two several days before she died.

"She was a sweetheart," Carl Nethery said of his daughter. "I don't know how I'm going to live without her."

Molitor's parents and his 22-year-old brother Stephen, the current International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion, also attended the court session.

"Regardless of what has happened I love my brother, and I'm going to stand by him," Stephen said.

Stephen Molitor also expressed sympathy for Nethery's family.

"I knew Jessica and she did not deserve to die," he said. "She's the same age as myself. Her family must be heartbroken. As you can see it's torn two families apart in the same process."

Molitor's arm injuries included a severed tendon and artery which required surgery in London, Ont. on Saturday, according to Gresham. The lawyer added that a decision on whether Molitor will seek bail has not yet been reached.

"That's a decision that Mr. Molitor will need to make, and he's going to need some information as far as Crown disclosure just to be able to make an informed decision on that," he said.



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