Calgary

Calgary woman who killed mother gets 5 years

A 20-year-old woman cried in a Calgary courtroom Friday as she was sentenced to five years in prison for killing her mother in 2009.

Judge called the crime a 'vicious and senseless act'

A 20-year-old woman cried in a Calgary courtroom Friday as she was sentenced to five years in prison for killing her mother in 2009.

Brittany Mahingen was found guilty earlier this month of manslaughter in the death of her mother Leanne Mahingen.

While delivering the sentence, Justice Robert Hall directly said to Brittany, "The killing of your mother was a vicious and senseless act."

Brittany and her mother had been drinking heavily while babysitting a relative's 18-month-old son in a downtown apartment.

Leanne’s body was later found with multiple superficial stab wounds, bite marks, broken ribs and head injuries.

"The beating you administered to your mother had to be prolonged," said Hall, noting the violence took place in at least four different rooms in the apartment.

He also called it a "grave offence."

"Your mother's distress must have been obvious yet you failed at any time to call 911," said Hall.

Mahingen's sentence works out to three and a half years in prison, including time served.

Hall did take into account several mitigating factors when considering the sentence, including the fact that Brittany was 18 years old at the time, she had no criminal record and has since shown remorse.

He said other mitigating factors included compliance with police and she was prepared to plead to manslaughter from the beginning when the Crown wanted to pursue second-degree murder.

Hall also pointed to the family’s history of alcohol, as her mom introduced her to booze at age 13, and limited educational opportunities.

The Crown was requesting a 10-year sentence, while defence was looking for a sentence of two years.