Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Sentenced for Manslaughter of Girlfriend in Calgary Roominghouse

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Sentenced for Manslaughter of Girlfriend in Calgary Roominghouse

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Man sentenced for killing girlfriend

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CALGARY - A man who beat his girlfriend to death in what Calgary police called a case of domestic abuse has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Leo Pantherbone pleaded guilty last year to the manslaughter of Janel Squirrel.

Squirrel's body was found in a house in the city's northeast in November 2015.

Four victim impact statements, including one by Squirrel's mother, were read in court.

Fay-Ann Three Suns described the debilitating effects of losing a child and said she has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Pantherbone tearfully apologized in court, but said he wasn't asking for the family's forgiveness.

"There's nothing that can take away the loss of your loved one. I'm sorry for what I've caused and what I've done," he said.

"I cry any time of the day or night thinking of my daughter. …

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