Edmonton youth gets maximum sentence for murder

An Edmonton youth accused of stabbing his 17 year old girlfriend in Fort St. John will serve less than three years in a youth correctional centre.

The male, who is now 18 years old, received the maximum youth sentence possible under the law, which is a seven years sentence.

A judge in Dawson Creek sentenced the youth to four years in a youth correctional facility and then another three years of close community supervision.

But, since the youth has already served some time, the judge reduced the jail term to just less than three years, and extended the community supervision by 14 months.

The CBC reports that during a sentencing hearing on Wednesday, he apologized to the girl’s parents, saying, "Last year I was completely screwed up. Sick, depressed." He also added: "I despise myself and I wish my actions could be undone. I know that I killed my best friend and I know I will never forgive myself."

The male stabbed his then-girlfriend twice in the neck, at a friend’s apartment in Fort St. John.

Meanwhile, the CBC reports that when the youth first entered the courtroom, the victim’s mother collapsed into loud sobs.

During the victim impact statement, the mother said she cries every day, and that she can’t eat or sleep, and has yet to touch a single thing in her daughter’s room.

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