'Johnathan' named as teen killers receive adult sentences
A judge sentenced two teens as adults on Friday, citing their brutality in slaying a 12-year-old Toronto boy, and lifted the publication ban that had kept their identities and that of their victima mystery.
The young victim who was killed on Nov. 25, 2003, Johnathon Madden,had previously been known in the public eye only as "Johnathan."He could not be namedbecause of Youth CriminalJustice Act restrictions,to protect the identity of his brother, who was under 18 at the time of the killing.
Johnathon was stabbed 71 times in the basement of his home near Danforth Avenue and Dawes Road in the city's east end.
His brother, Kevin Madden, now19,was sentenced Friday to life imprisonment for the crime.
His 18-year-old accomplice, who was convicted of manslaughter and had been dubbed Vampire Boy throughout the trial, was identified as Timothy Ferriman.
Brother to be jailed in youth, then adult facilities
Judge David McCombs said he decided to sentenceboth teens as adults becausethe murder was "hideous" and "senseless." However, headded that he was makingallowances for their young ages at the time of the crime.
McCombs said because Kevin showed little remorse for the murder and continues to deny responsibility for it,he sentencedthe teento life imprisonment with no chance of parole for 10 years.
The teen will serve the first two years in a youth facility, then be transferred to an adult facility.
McCombs reasoned that at that time, Kevin may be eligible to be incarceratedin a medium instead of maximum security prison.
He said a youth sentence would not have been enough to hold the teen accountable or rehabilitate him.
Kevin was also sentenced to 10 years for the attempted murder of his stepfather, but he was credited for the threeyears he had already served in prison. That sentence will be served concurrently.
Remorse shortens accomplice's sentence
Ferriman faces two years in prison less a day,followed by three years probation.
McCombs said Ferriman's prison term will be served in a youth facility because the teen showed remorse for his actions.
In a teary apology to Madden'smotherat the sentencing hearing earlier this week, Ferriman said that Johnathon "didn't deserve what happened to him."
Kevin Madden refusedan opportunityto speak at the hearing.
Crown prosecutors had argued the two teensshould be sentenced as adults because they need extensive treatment behind bars before it's safe to release them into society.
Johnathon'smothertold the court she wanted the two teens sentenced asadults so thatthe publication ban could be lifted.
That way, Johnathan's full name and photograph could be released and there could be a proper memorial, she said.