James Province

James Province

Crime: Murder

I feel so bad for Jason Province of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. The young man has had to deal with stuff that nobody should have to deal with. He has, I’m sure, gone through hell — a hell caused by his father, James Province.

James Province and his estranged wife, Joanne Underhill, were going through a divorce. It was nasty. James Province ranted on and on about the money his ex was getting out of him and how much the lawyers were costing. He didn’t accept that Joanne Underhill was entitled to the amount he was having to pay her. As a result, James Province was not cooperating with the divorce process.

“Not cooperating” is the polite way of saying James Province was viciously bullying the poor woman. He smashed the precious glassware collection that Joanne Underhill valued so much. He repeatedly would get right in her face angrily demanding to know why she was taking his money and why they were paying for lawyers. He scared Joanne Underhill so much that she asked her son Jason if he thought his dad would hurt her.

Suffice it to say that Joanne Underhill knew in her gut that her estranged husband was angry to the point of violence. She was only 5’1″ tall and weighed 121 pounds, and James Province was a big, strong guy who lifted weights so she must have felt very vulnerable around him.

James Province was indeed angry to the point of violence. He told one co-worker at his Chemical Valley workplace that somebody was going to get hurt with the way things were going. He told another co-worker that it would be cheaper if his wife weren’t around. Those co-workers just blew his comments off as bitterness.

Jason Province tried to stay neutral and I don’t blame him — offspring should not be dragged into their parents’ marital issues. But the young man couldn’t totally keep out of the situation. He was the go-between regarding his parents’ access arrangements for his 8-year-old sister.

No doubt Joanne Underhill was looking forward to the final mediation in the divorce proceedings. It was to take place on September 25, 2012. All was to be resolved, and I’m sure she was anxious to get on with her life.

James Province was not looking forward to the final mediation. Those lawyers were costing him money, and his estranged wife was costing him money, and damned if he was going to take that lying down!

And so, in August 2012, James Province managed to make a copy of the key to the Sarnia home where Joanne Underhill and the kids lived. The man had a plan — a completely heinous, evil, murderous plan.

In the wee hours of September 7, 2012, Joanne Underhill and her son and daughter were sound asleep in their beds. Jason Province’s bedroom was on the lower level while his mother’s and young sister’s were on the upper level.

The young man was awakened at 4 a.m. by odd noises — something like furniture being knocked over. At first he figured maybe his mom or his sister bumped into something while heading to the bathroom in the dark but then he heard somebody walking toward the front door. He decided to check it out.

Sure enough, looking out the front window he saw a person with a backpack walking away from the house.

“It seemed pretty suspicious,” said Jason Province. And being an intrepid sort of person, he decided to follow the suspicious person in his mother’s car. He actually drove by the man twice just to make sure he saw what he saw. It was his father.

Knowing his father had been in the house in the dark of night, and knowing he’d heard strange noises, Jason Province headed back home to investigate. He found what nobody should find — his mother’s lifeless body. She was slumped over in a corner in her bedroom. The nightstand had been knocked over and the lamp had fallen onto the floor.

Jason Province checked on his sister and mercifully she was unharmed in her bedroom.

The young man next called 911. I cannot imagine the hell he was going through then, knowing his mother had just been murdered by his father.

Joanne Underhill had been stabbed three times: once in the leg, once in the abdomen and the fatal blow was through her heart. She suffered rapid, massive internal bleeding. Even if she’d been operated on immediately, there would have been no saving her life.

Joanne Underhill, that wonderful, loving mother, that much-loved auntie and sister, was dead at 50.

James Province was arrested and charged with 1st-degree murder. On November 10, 2015, when his trial began, the rampaging hellbeast pled guilty to manslaughter.
Seriously, he wanted everyone to think he hadn’t planned to kill his ex.

James Province testified that he’d snuck into the house at 4 a.m. with a knife in hand as a last ditch effort to convince Joanne Underhill to settle the divorce without lawyers. Unfortunately, as he was approaching her bed with his knife in his hand he tripped! OMG! She was getting up out of bed when they fell into the wall together and the knife went into her chest! It was totally an accident!

Bullshit! Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit! I don’t believe it and thankfully the jury didn’t believe it either. Nobody sneaks into a house in the night armed with a knife to discuss anything.

James Province didn’t give a flying rat’s ass that his children were in the house too, that they would be the ones to find their beloved mother murdered. He didn’t care about the emotional and psychological toll that that would take on his children. And if they’d woken up before he left the murder scene, I wonder if he would have killed them as well.

On December 1, 2015 James Province, 56, was found guilty of 1st-degree murder. On January 15, 2016 Justice Bruce Thomas sentenced the killer to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years.

Justice Thomas also ordered that James Province have no contact with the Underhill family as well as his young daughter who’d been sleeping across the hall when he’d murdered her mother.

I hope the friends and family of Joanne Underhill can find some solace in the knowledge that her vicious killer will be in prison for a long time. I hope her children are getting all the love and support they need to get through what must be a terrible time for them.

I also hope that James Province realizes anew each day what his mindless selfishness and rage has cost his kids and himself.

The Observer News article – charges
The Observer News article – trial
The Observer News article – testimony
The Observer News article – pathologist testimony
The Observer News article – sentencing

17 Responses to James Province

  1. Jazmun says:

    The name should be changed to James Province for the article instead of Jason Province.

  2. Bengalpuss says:

    Cleo, you’ve put the wrong name on the article love, you’ve put the sons name instead of the shit head murderous father.

  3. Bengalpuss says:

    What a vindictive evil bastard, for the sake of money he’s deprived those two kids of both parents, thats the wrong name for him cos a true parent does everything to protect and love their children. Jason is an awesome guy to go out and follow who came out of the house, good for him although there are no winners in this, just because someone was bitter and twisted. I hope the children get all the help they’ll need to move them forwards with their live’s but their mom has gone poor kids.

  4. Bengalpuss says:

    Joanne underhill was a really nice looking woman, she didn’t look her age, what a tragedy.

  5. moodymagic says:

    What a terrible monster. That poor woman. And those poor children.

  6. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Totally Sickening .

    It Shows why Canada Needs to Restore the Death Penalty For Murder
    just as the UK

    Why cannot the Politicians come out of Cloud Cuckoo Land and Restore it ?

  7. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Murder of One’s Wife in the Presence of Children Despicable.

    To Believe that ” Accidentally ” Slipped with a Knife in his Hand
    and Killed his Wife Defies being Rational . It is Murder and the
    Death Penalty is in Order

    Canada used to have the Death Penalty For Murder and Need’s to Restore it Now

    • Jeni C says:

      I agree DPO. Vicious killers shouldn’t be given a slap on the wrist for the evil things they do. Its always “Oh, there must be something wrong with a person for them to murder a loved one…or a complete stranger!” Did anyone ever stop to think that the person killed another person simply because they WANTED to? People always try to rationalize bad things that people do. Make excuses for them. Not me. There are purely evil people out There who commit heinous crimes because they WANT to. It’s as simple as that!

  8. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    I Agree Jeni C

    It is Sickening that Murderers are Better Treated by British Society than Homeless People who are Not Murderers Rapists or Thugs

    Homeless People who are Not Murderers Rapists Child Abusers or Thugs are Not the Villains it is Murderers Rapists Child Abusers and Thugs who are Definitely So

    Human Rights Includes the Right of Someone Not to be Murderered
    Raped or Abused as a Child so Yes I do Support the Death Penalty
    for these Heinous Outrages

    Indeed too many people out there are Evil

  9. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Murder is Terrible .

    Opponents of Capital Punishment are Effectively if Not Intentionally
    Accessories to Murder , Because by Allowing the Murderer to Get Away
    with Murder the Murderer is in a Position to at some Point Commit other Murders

    A Sick Liberal Society that Cares More about the ” Rights ” of Murderers than the Rights of People Not to be Victims of Murder .

  10. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Regarding the Person in the UK who was Burned Alive by A Sadistic Arsehole with an Accomplice the Police Officers who quite Clearly Failed to Help this Man amidst his Desperate Calls for Help in a Racist Hellhole Area of the UK have got Prison Sentences

    They are Really Paltry compared to the Scale of what Failing to
    Help this Man resulted in for him and it should of been at Least a
    Life Sentence for Them

  11. Someone says:

    no not death penalty!!!

  12. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Victim of Murder cannot Appeal against being Murdered

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