The younger offender on trial for the homicide of Winston Littlecrow has entered a responsible plea for second-degree homicide.
The first-degree murder trial ran for three days earlier than being adjourned on Oct. 7 as attorneys on either side mentioned the teenager’s choice to enter a responsible plea.
He can’t be named underneath the Youth Legal Justice Act.
Now the courtroom is shifting ahead with sentencing him, and prosecutors are contemplating sentencing him as an grownup.
Senior Crown prosecutor Melodi Kujawa mentioned the Crown will analyze pre-sentencing reviews and decide at that time.
“The Crown hasn’t formulated its place but as a result of we don’t have these reviews, however it isn’t unusual in fact for the Crown to hunt an grownup sentence when you have got an offender who’s so near being 18 years outdated,” she mentioned.
Kujawa additionally famous the seriousness of the crime as one other consideration for him to be sentenced as an grownup.
In the meantime, the defence mentioned it feels assured now that the courtroom has accepted the responsible plea and can have a look at the reviews to push for a youth sentence.
“I believe my shopper is sort of relieved at this level to have some finality with respect to conviction at the very least. I believe the difficulty will come right down to, as my good friend indicated, a problem over sentence whether or not youth sentence is acceptable or an grownup sentence,” Chris Gratton informed reporters.
Eiryn Straightnose takes stand in teen’s first-degree homicide trial
The Crown learn out the agreed assertion of info that mentioned that Eiryn Straightnose was at a house on Avenue X and encountered members of a rival gang; that she texted the teenager, who was at a McDonald’s restaurant close by and had entry to a gun; and that he got here to the residence and shot Littlecrow within the again.
Straightnose pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to nine years behind bars in February.
Littlecrow was 35 years outdated and a father of 5.
He was the sixteenth murder of 2019 in Saskatoon, which is essentially the most the town has ever recorded.
The teenager’s subsequent look is scheduled for Dec. 3.
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