Teen killer of foster parents gets maximum time in custody
Youth was 14 at the time of the homicides
A youth who admitting killing his foster parents when he was 14 has been sentenced to the maximum amount of time possible in a youth facility.
The teen, who cannot be identified, was given an in-custody sentence of six years, the longest possible under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. He must also serve another four years, in the community, under what is called "conditional supervision".
Sentencing provision of the YCJA:
When a youth justice court finds a young person guilty of an offence and is imposing a youth sentence, the court shall ... order the young person to serve a sentence not to exceed:
(i) in the case of first degree murder, ten years comprised of
(A) a committal to custody, to be served continuously, for a period that must not ... exceed six years from the date of committal, and
(B) a placement under conditional supervision to be served in the community.
- Youth Criminal Justice Act (Section 42)
The youth pleaded guilty to the murders of Genne and Theresa Nolin who were found dead in their home, in Rapid View, Sask., near Meadow Lake in October of 2012. According to the Crown prosecutor, the youth had been in the care of the Nolins for four years.
Complete details about what happened were not available. Another person, who was also under 18 at the time of the killings, is still before the courts.
The teen who was sentenced has been in custody since shortly after the killings when he was arrested and charged. Because of that pre-trial period in custody, the remaining time on his custodial sentence is four and half years.
The second teen charged, who is now an adult but still being prosecuted as a young person, has a jury trial scheduled for October.
During sentencing, court learned that the Nolins raised seven children of their own in addition to providing foster care to many others. In their lifetimes they were foster parents to over 100 children.
The couple were also known for their volunteerism in the community and on the chuck-wagon racing circuit.
With files from CBC's Ryan Pilon