The Crown has failed in its efforts to get a stiffer sentence for a Rankin Inlet man who hit and killed a friend with an ATV in 2011.
Following a night of drinking, Idlout Korgak and Paul Kataluk got into an argument. When Kataluk challenged Korgak to a fight, Korgak got on his ATV and drove at him, hitting him and pushing his head and body into the wall of a
shed. Korgak then went home and went to bed. Kataluk died of his head injuries.
Korgak, who was originally charged with second-degree murder, pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and to driving while prohibited.
The Crown had asked for a sentence of five and a half years in prison for the manslaughter charge. Korgak received a sentence of three years for manslaughter and six months total for the other charges. He was credited almost two and a half years for time served.
The Crown appealed the sentence, calling it a case of "near murder manslaughter," which usually garners a sentence of eight to 12 years in prison.
In a written decision issued Tuesday, the Nunavut Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal saying it was not persuaded the trial judge made an error or that the sentence was unfit.
The decision noted that the trial judge had taken into account Korgak's "legitimate remorse" for his actions.