Thunder Bay – What Is A Human Life Worth?

Ashpanaquestcum sentenced to 10 years for fatal stabbing outside SilverCity

Shane Patrick Ashpanaquestcum, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the stabbing death of Daniel Randall Levac outside SilverCity in 2014, will spend the next 10 years in a federal penitentiary.

Police first charged Ashpanaquestcum with second-degree murder, but he later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

“It was the appropriate charge given the circumstances, however, there is always a risk of going to trial,” said Ashpanaquestcum’s attorney, George Joseph, after the hearing. “He could have been found guilty of second-degree murder or he could have been found not guilty and walked.”

Joseph and crown attorney, Shari Frenette, submitted joint sentencing submissions of 10 years to Justice D.C. Shaw, as well as requiring Ashpanaquestcum to submit a DNA sample, paying a victim surcharge fee of $200, and prohibiting him from owning any weapon for a period of 10 years after release.

“This was a decision arrived at after considerable and painstaking deliberation,” Joseph said. “It would have been a gamble going to trial. This provides some certainty for the family of Daniel Levac, it provides some certainty for my client as well, that the sentence will be 10 years.” – Tbnewswatch

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…..Police first charged Ashpanaquestcum with second-degree murder, but he later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter……

…..“He could have been found guilty of second-degree murder or he could have been found not guilty and walked.”……

Yes, he could have been found guilty or not guilty.  I am pretty sure that is how the court system is supposed to work.  Apparently the police thought there was enough evidence to charge the man with second degree murder.  It would be nice if the crown attorneys at least try.  Pleading guilty to a reduced charge has now become the norm instead of the exception and I find that disgusting.

Ten years, much less after all the sentence reducing factors are taken into account, thats it.  Murdering someone and only spending a handful of years in prison feels sooo wrong, but in Canada, that is what a human life is worth.  That has to change.

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