Ed: Never teaching our children to accept responsibility is one of the worst crimes we have ever committed against them…and it continues.
Stabbing his mother 39 times after she’d refused to give him cash and called him worthless, has landed a city man the maximum youth sentence for second-degree murder.
Youth court Judge Gary Cornfield accepted a joint submission from Crown prosecutor Cameron Jose and defence counsel Rebecca Snukal for a total term of seven years.
Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, that must be broken into four years of custody and three of supervision in the community.
And because the offender, now 19, has been in detention either at Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, or at the Calgary Young Offenders Centre for more than 1,000 days, he has 446 days left to serve behind bars.
Snukal agreed to the maximum youth sentence on the condition the Crown not seek a much more severe adult term.
“It was very, very severe that you killed your mother,” Cornfield told the offender.
“Killing somebody that you should have loved dearly,” he said.
The judge noted victim impact statements from relatives, including the killer’s grandmother, expressed fear over his future dangerousness.
“Members of the community have stated they have a great deal of fear upon your release,” Cornfield said.
The offender was 16 years old on July 24, 2014, when he got into an argument with his mother, who can’t be named to protect his identity, inside their Ramsey home.
He went to the kitchen, grabbed a large kitchen knife and repeatedly stabbed her before trying to clean the weapon and leaving the residence.
The tenant below the home heard the argument and two days later decided to inform their landlord what he heard.
As the landlord was on his way to attend, the tenant saw two police officers and they and the landlord entered the home together to find the victim.
Along with the custody and supervision order, the offender is prohibited from possessing any firearms for 10 years.