Calgary

Adam Cavanagh's murderer gets maximum youth sentence of 7 years

Nearly a decade after Calgary teen Adam Cavanagh was shot dead while hosting a small party in his parents' basement, his killer has received the maximum sentence for a youth convicted of murder.

Killer can't be named because he was a youth at the time of the murder

Adam Cavanagh was killed in Feb. 2007 when he was shot in the head.

Nearly a decade after Calgary teen Adam Cavanagh was shot dead while hosting a small party in his parents' basement, his killer has received the maximum sentence for a youth convicted of second-degree murder.

MM was 17 years old when he killed Adam Cavanagh in 2007 so he can't be identified. In November, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. 

Before his sentence was handed down Tuesday in Calgary, MM read an apology to his victim's family.

"I don't expect for your family to accept my apology or even think of forgiving me," said MM. "But I still need you to know that I am sorry.

"I am ashamed and disappointed in myself."

On Tuesday Justice Karen Horner sentenced MM to seven years — a combination of four years in custody and three under community supervision.

The prosecution and defence lawyers agreed MM would get no credit for the five years he's already spent in custody.

MM was originally found guilty of first-degree murder in 2012 but the Alberta Court of Appeal overturned that decision and ordered a new trial.

Salim Kaddoura — who was originally charged with manslaughter — fled the country after the killing and was only arrested upon his return to Canada in 2013.

He pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to murder in 2015 and received a four-year sentence for his involvement.

Adam Cavanagh's father and his brother, Stephen, attended all hearings related to his murder. (Meghan Grant/CBC)

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