Nunavut man gets life sentence for stabbing death

Jamesie Kownirk, originally from Nunavut, has been sentenced to life in prison for stabbing 52-year-old Jean-Denis Mitrow to death last year.

Says he can't remember night in question

An Ottawa judge has sentenced a man originally from Nunavut to life in prison.

27-year-old Jamesie Kownirk was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 52-year-old Jean-Denis Mitrow. Kownirk pleaded guilty in court Wednesday, but claimed he couldn’t remember anything about the night in question.

He was given a life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 years. It’s not yet clear where he will serve his sentence.

Mitrow was found stabbed to death in his east-end Ottawa apartment on Jan. 14, 2010. A neighbour found his body in the basement of the apartment.

Neighbours said Mitrow had lived in the apartment for a decade or more, and had spent most of his time in the Vanier neighbourhood. They said he shared the apartment with a woman named Martha.