Sudbury pit party sentence to come down Friday

Two years after a fatal stabbing at a Garson pit party, sentencing for Sudbury’s Blake Lapierre is expected on Friday at 11:30 a.m.
Family and friends of the fatally stabbed Justin Dagenais gathered behind the Sudbury courthouse for a picture. They attended Blake Lapierre's 2nd degree murder trial wearing shirts with different pictures of Justin Dagenais on them. Pictured are Kim Colquhoun (friend), Julie Moreau (friend), Samantha Pellerin (friend), Deborah Dagenais (grandmother of victim) Michelle Dagenais (mother), Nancy Dangerfield (friend), Jessica Moore (girlfriend of victim), and Chantal Pellerin, (friend). (Kate Rutherford/CBC)

Two years after a fatal stabbing at a Garson pit party, sentencing for Sudbury’s Blake Lapierre is expected on Friday at 11:30 a.m.

A Sudbury jury found 20-year-old Blake Lapierre guilty of manslaughter but not guilty of second degree murder. We continue our coverage of a stabbing at a pit party in August, 2012. 7:37

In July, a jury found Lapierre guilty of manslaughter in the death of Justin Dagenais. The coroner testified that Justin Dagenais’ heart was nearly severed in two by the stabbing.

On Thursday, Lapierre was emotional as he spoke at his sentencing hearing. He broke down in tears and his hands trembled as he talked about how sorry he was for his actions as an 18-year-old.

The courtroom was nearly full of his supporters, all of whom heard him say he wished he could go back and change that night.

Lapierre’s lawyer is asking for four to six years on the manslaughter charge.

But Crown prosecutor Leonard Kim wants an eight to 12 year sentence for the man.

During sentencing Thursday he said Lapierre seems to express remorse, but his statements show he doesn’t take responsibility for his actions.

Kim said Lapierre did not say he shouldn’t have taken the knife to the party, even after he knew there would be drinking and fighting.

The sentencing hearing on Thursday ended with the court hearing victim impact statements from a number of people close to Dagenais, including his mother, brother, and fiance.

CBC News will be at the sentencing of Blake Lapierre on Friday. More to come.

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