Psycho Papa Joe wrote:I'm pretty sure he would have been convicted of Manslaughter or more here in Ontario.
- stalking - Check
- carrying a concealed weapon - check
- person he stalked ended up dead - check
So yes, in jurisdictions where the NRA doesn't write the laws, a douche like Zimmerman would go to jail, even if Precious is the star witness. Here he'd have a better chance by claiming temporary insanity though, rather than self defense.
OTTAWA — A 20-year-old man convicted in the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day stabbing death of Scott Ledoux was sentenced to six years in jail.
A jury convicted Ben Taylor of manslaughter in February.
Taylor had testified during his trial that he was defending himself from an attack by a bigger, older man who was beating him in his own Orléans apartment.
Defence lawyer Pat McCann had argued that Taylor should be released from prison after already serving more than two years.
Crown prosecutor Robert Wadden had argued for eight years, including time already served, given that Taylor hid a knife in his pocket and stabbed an unarmed Ledoux eight times during a fist fight.
Justice Charles Hackland said that Taylor, who was 18 at the time of the stabbing, has “excellent prospects for rehabilitation.” The circumstances surrounding the stabbing were also a factor in the sentence.
“In this case, I believe a somewhat reduced sentence is warranted due to the severity of the beating Mr. Taylor received at the time he employed the knife,” Hackland ruled. “This provocation reduces the moral blameworthiness surrounding his use of the knife.”
Taylor had invited friends over for “pre-drinking” before heading out to a St. Patrick’s Day party the night of the stabbing, Hackland said in the decision. He left his one-bedroom basement apartment in the charge of one of his friends, but when he returned just after midnight he found it trashed, with a loud party in progress.
“Liquor and broken beer bottles and smashed furniture covered the floor,” Hackland said. “He immediately tried to get people to leave.”
Ledoux, 22, was one of several who refused to leave. He asked Taylor “What the f--- he was going to do about it,” Hackland detailed. Both were intoxicated.
“At that point, Mr. Taylor punched the victim in the head in what was considered by the victim and his friends to be a ‘sucker punch,’” Hackland said.
A “vigorous but brief fist fight” ensued, but was broken up, Hackland said. Ledoux went outside and called for Taylor to come fight him. It was at this point that Taylor picked up a steak knife from the sink and put it in his pocket. Two of his friends testified that Taylor said he would use it against Ledoux if he returned. Taylor also asked a friend to call 911.
Ledoux, who was 30 pounds heavier than Taylor, did return. He knocked Taylor to the ground and “was, by all accounts, administering a beating,” Hackland said. Despite many witnesses, no one saw the actual stabbing.
Taylor ran away from his apartment after stabbing Ledoux and spent the night at a friend’s house. He turned himself in the following day, after he found out Ledoux had died.
Taylor’s remaining sentence, after the two years and three months already served, is three years and nine months.
RIP Old Broads v2. Long live New Broads v3.