Nova Scotia

Amanda Greene gets 7 years for ex-boyfriend's death

Amanda Greene has been sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in the shooting death of Dillon Jewett, her ex-boyfriend.
Amanda Greene, 20, was sentenced today for manslaughter. (CBC)

There were sobs and cheers as Amanda Greene was sentenced today to seven years in prison for luring Dillon Jewett, her ex-boyfriend, to his death.

Greene's family cried as she was sentenced for manslaughter in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

Members of Jewett's family, on the other hand, clapped until a sheriff told them to stop.

Greene asked them for forgiveness.

"A mother should never have to bury her child," she said before Justice Suzanne Hood handed down her sentence.

"I'm sincerely sorry to Dillon's family for what they've gone through and what they continue to go through … I hope the family can find it within themselves to forgive me."

Jewett, 18, was found dead in a quarry near East Uniacke on Oct. 3, 2010  — 13 months after his relationship with Greene ended.

Greene lured him to the quarry, where her new boyfriend, Kyle Gowen, waited to ambush him.

Gowen admitted to shooting Jewett in the head, first accidentally and then twice more. He is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder.

Greene claims she was abused by Jewett while they dated, and the attack was an act of revenge.

At the sentencing hearing Thursday, Greene told the court she has post-traumatic stress disorder because Jewett slammed her head in a wall, choked her and smothered her with a pillow.

The Crown said there was no evidence that Greene was abused by Jewett.

A pre-sentence report found that Green is devoid of emotion and lacks remorse.

"This was not a case where the individual, Ms. Greene, was showing remorse, as indicated in the pre-sentence report. And the judge upheld that position as well," Crown attorney Jillian Ryan told reporters.

The Crown had asked for a sentence of 12 years in prison, while the defence wanted four.

"At this particular point I would think that the decision is a very fair decision. It certainly considers the reasons, both mitigating and aggravating circumstances of this case.  And I think that Justice Hood was probably right on the mark," said Brian Smith, Greene's lawyer.

Greene is getting credit for the 111 days she spent in jail immediately following her arrest.

Gowen is eligible for parole after 15 years.

His brother, Steven Gowen, pleaded guilty to accessory to murder after the fact. He was sentenced to three years in prison, minus eight months for time served.