A 15-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of La Ronge restaurant owner Simon Grant has been given the maximum youth sentence of three years in custody.
The youth, who can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was scheduled to appear in La Ronge Provincial Court today for a pre-sentencing hearing including victim impact statements.
He was 14 years old at the time of Grant’s killing in April 2017 and charged with second-degree murder.
In December, he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
After a joint submission by the Crown and defence lawyers, the judge in the case handed down his sentence today.
The youth also received lesser concurrent sentences on other charges, a lifetime firearms ban and is required to submit a DNA sample.
A total of seven victim impact statements were presented in court by several people, including Simon Grant’s widow Cora Laich, their daughter, Cora’s sisters and other friends and business associates.
Another youth, who is now 18 years old, was also charged with second-degree murder in the killing.
In January, he entered a guilty plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter and is awaiting sentencing.
In October, a 19-year-old man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the case was handed a seven-year prison sentence.
In November, a charge of being an accessory after the fact to murder laid against an 18-year-old suspect was stayed.
(PHOTO: Simon Grant’s widow, Cora Laich. Photo by Braden Malsbury.)