Crown asks for adult sentence in fatal attack on Saskatchewan restaurant owner

LA RONGE, Sask. — The Crown has asked for an adult sentence for a teen who took part in a fatal attack on a restaurant owner in northern Saskatchewan.

Prosecutor Ruth Fafard says a 13- to 15-year adult sentence is appropriate for the attack on Simon Grant at his Lousiana's Bar-B-Que restaurant in La Ronge in 2017.

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Grant died days later in a Saskatoon hospital from blunt force trauma.

The young offender, who is now 19, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Fafard says the teen deserves an adult sentence because a youth sentence isn't long enough to hold him accountable.

Judge Robert Lane is to render his decision May 30.

"I'll accept the sentence the judge gives me whether youth or adult," the teen told his sentencing hearing Monday.

"I wish I could take back the last three years. I don't want the public to be scared of me. That's why I'm not coming back to La Ronge."

The teen also said he wants Grant's family and the community to know he is sorry for what he did. He thinks about the crime every day, he said.

Two others have already been sentenced for manslaughter in the case. Austin Bird received a seven-year term, while another youth was given three years.

Fafard said those two offenders would not have taken part in the crime had it not been for urging of the teen who has yet to be sentenced.

She noted that an adult term would allow the victim's family to access more information about the offender, including his correctional plans and date of release.

Defence lawyer Jessie Buydens requested a three-year youth sentence, considering her client has already spent more than two years in remand.

She said the teen has participated in programming and made progress. And a sentence of custody supervision increases his chances of not reoffending, as there are more funds for education and counselling and, once he's released, housing and other assistance, said Buydens.

"Public perception is that a youth sentence is going to be shorter and easier, but a youth sentence might be longer and there are far more intensive rehabilitation," she said.

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