A 14-year-old boy with what a judge called “acute rage” has been sentenced to six years and eight months in jail for murdering his pregnant mother at their home in Saskatchewan.
The boy, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder last year for 2021 death in Choiceland.
Judge Lloyd Stang described in his sentencing decision on Friday how on September 24, 2021, the boy hit his mother on the head with various objects, including an aerosol can, while she slept, then strangled her with a USB cable.
After the attack, the boy, then 13, called his uncle, who contacted police. When officers arrived, they found the boy standing in the driveway with blood on his clothing, where he admitted to killing his mother.
Two siblings were in the house when the attack happened.
The 37-year-old woman was nine months pregnant with her fifth child, who also died.
Stang said in his decision that the boy had wanted to live with his father and his mother would not allow him to. Stang said the father was convicted of a 2020 assault charge against the boy, who “apparently did not understand” that his father was forbidden to have any contact with him.
Stang said this led to the boy having “acute anger” towards his mother. The boy “felt he had no choice but to kill her,” according to a report cited in the decision.
Following the boy’s guilty plea on September 7, 2022, Stang ordered a psychological assessment. Registered psychologist Ashley Viklund reported that the boy met the criteria for conduct disorder and adjustment disorder with conduct disorder. Viklund also reported that the boy had a “moderate risk of violent recidivism”.
Stang said in his decision that the boy had waved his mother and/or thrown a knife 10 months before her death.
The judge also said the boy showed no remorse for the murder, which can be attributed to his mental and behavioral problems.
“With time and more maturity, he may genuinely regret what he did,” Stang wrote in his decision.
Crown Prosecutor Wade Rogers said no credit for time already served should be deducted from the boy’s sentence, which the defense disputed.
Stang credited the boy with 16 months of time already served on what would have been a maximum prison sentence of eight years.
Stang included a provision that if there is sufficient concern about the boy’s risk of violent reoffending, authorities may request that he remain in custody after his sentence.
In addition to his custodial sentence, the boy is not allowed to possess any firearms, weapons, ammunition or explosives for 15 years after serving his sentence, and he must provide DNA samples for forensic examination.
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CORRECTION: The Canadian Press previously reported that the crime took place in Nipawin, Sask. The woman was killed in Choiceland.
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