Teen who killed young mom gets 8 more years
The young man who shot and killed a 19-year-old Saskatoon mother two years ago has been sentenced to a total of 9½ years behind bars.
Minus 1½ years credit for time already served, Daniel George Cote will have eight years remaining on the sentence he received in adult court Monday morning.
Cote was 16 when Charlotte Jolly died of a gunshot wound on Sept. 1, 2009
He was found guilty of manslaughter after the trial judge ruled out second-degree murder. Court heard there was a confrontation between two groups of young people on a Saskatoon street and when it was over, Jolly was dead.
Cote admitted he fired the rifle that killed her, but the defence argued he wasn't aiming for her and didn't intend to kill her. The Crown argued it was a deliberate act.
Jolly was a high school student and the mother of a one-year-old baby girl.
Her mother Lisa wept while reading a victim impact statement, saying that her three-year-old granddaughter often wakes up in the night crying for her mother.
Cote's lawyer Morris Bodnar said Cote suffers from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and his mother neglected him. There are lessons to be learned from this case, he said.
"Parents better show a lot of concern," Bodnar said. "And they had better spend some time with them and keep them on the right track. That is not being done with many."
Bodnar says Cote was not a gang member, but gangs were involved in the events of the night Jolly died.
Jolly's mother Lisa said no matter what Cote's punishment is, it will never be enough.
During the trial, publication of Cote's name was prohibited because he had been a minor at the time of the shooting. That restriction was lifted when he was sentenced as an adult.