Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mentally Handicapped Man Sent to Prison for Killing Man Who Assaulted His Sister

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mentally Handicapped Man Sent to Prison for Killing Man Who Assaulted His Sister

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Mentally handicapped man sent to prison for manslaughter

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LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - A mentally handicapped man in southern Alberta described as a "gentle giant" has been sent to prison for stabbing to death his sister's boyfriend during a drunken fight.

Stacey Wahpistikwan was sentenced Thursday in Lethbridge provincial court to six years after pleading guilty last year to manslaughter.

During sentencing Judge Derek Redman acknowledged Wahpistikwan's mental disabilities.

Redman also noted the impact on his life from substance abuse, physical abuse, abandonment, attempted suicide and intergenerational problems from poverty and lack of education.

But Redman said the number and depth of the stab wounds, and the fact that Wahpistikwan hid his victim's body, were aggravating factors in the crime. …

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