Man gets 10 years for fatal stabbing
Lance Cote killed Michael Paul Gruending in 2010
A Saskatoon teen who fatally stabbed a man in 2010 was sentenced today to 10 years in prison, less three years for remand.
Lance Cote was 17 when he killed 41-year-old heavy mechanic Michael Paul Gruending. Cote, 20, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in May. He had originally been charged with second degree murder.
Justice Gerry Albright said in court today that taking a human life is the ultimate affront to human dignity.
Defence was looking for a sentence two years less a day plus two years strict electronic monitoring of Cote.
Gruending was walking on 22nd Street West when he encountered Cote and three other men. Words were exchanged and Cote got a knife from another man and then stabbed Gruending numerous times. The 41-year-old staggered between two buildings, collapsed in the snow and then died a short time later.