Newspaper article The Canadian Press

96 Victim Impact Statements Entered in Sentencing for Killer of Winnipeg Teen

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

96 Victim Impact Statements Entered in Sentencing for Killer of Winnipeg Teen

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96 victim impact statements in sentencing

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WINNIPEG - A sentencing hearing for a Winnipeg man who admitted he murdered a teenager and stuffed his body in a garbage bin will go ahead with all 96 victim impact statements.

Justice Glenn Joyal has ruled all the submissions are admissible, but only 16 from family and close friends will be read aloud in court.

Nicholas Bell-Wright, who was 22 when he was charged, was to face a sentencing hearing last week after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting of Cooper Nemeth in February 2016.

But the judge delayed proceedings so he could decide what to do with the eight dozen impact statements.

Bell-Wright's hearing is to resume on Wednesday.

Nemeth, who was 17, was shot in the head twice after a house party and his body was found nearly a week later after an extensive search.

Investigators said at the time they believed the teen was killed somewhere else and his body moved to the garbage bin on private property -- not far from where the party was held. …

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