Teen Sentenced to Seven Years For Killing His Mother

A Fort Macleod teenager who pleaded guilty to killing his mother last year has finally been sentenced.

A Fort Macleod teenager who pleaded guilty to killing his mother last year has finally been sentenced. The boy, who was 17 at the time hit his 34 year old mother with an axe, stabbed her several times, and threw her down a flight of stairs. He pleaded guilty to second degree murder shortly after the May 4th, 2009 incident late Tuesday afternoon was sentenced under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. He'll spend the next four years in custody and the following three years on a conditional sentence under supervision. The sentence is part of the I.R.C.S. program which stands for Intensive Rehabilitative Custodial Supervision Sentence.  The Crown agreed to have him sentenced as a youth, based on two extensive pyschiatric reports. In passing sentence, the Judge Eric Peterson stated the murder was a "brutal, savage, senseless and unexplainable act". But he also said sentencing him as a youth instead of as an adult offered the 18 year old his only real chance for rehabilitation.

More from Lethbridge News