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9 years for fatal stabbing

Killer intoxicated, unaware of attack

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A young man who killed a 17-year-old boy with a ceremonial knife during a fight three years ago will go to prison.

Justice Joan McKelvey said Tuesday she will sentence the 20-year-old man to a nine-year prison sentence.

The man had pleaded guilty to manslaughter for killing of Ronnie Jeffrey Kakegamick.

But the sentence isn't official until a report is completed, indicating where he will serve his time.

Until then, the killer cannot be named because he was a youth at the time of the attack.

It's not known when the placement report will be completed.

Crown prosecutor Dan Angus said Kakegamick died in the early hours of April 24, 2010, after he was repeatedly stabbed with a large ceremonial knife.

The killer has been in custody since his arrest.

McKelvey gave him credit for time served, which will be subtracted from the nine years, meaning he will have to serve another five years and three months in prison.

Angus said Kakegamick and the killer, who were the same age at the time, did not know each other but they had both spent the previous day and night drinking at separate house parties, across the street from each other on Flora Avenue.

Angus described the events that led up to the fatal confrontation as "an unfortunate convergence of events." A drunken Kakegamick and a cousin were searching the neighbourhood for his little brother when people driving a speeding stolen car tried to run them down. Kakegamick got into a confrontation with the car thieves and went into hiding near the house where the killer was still drinking.

The killer confronted Kakegamick, who threw stones at him. The killer drew out his large knife and began swinging it at Kakegamick, who tried to punch the killer but slipped and fell. While down, the killer stabbed him several times. Kakegamick got up but collapsed and died on the street.

The killer returned to the house party, where he calmly announced he had cut someone, cleaned the knife and placed it inside his waistband. He was arrested shortly afterwards based on information provided by Kakegamick's friends.

Angus said the killer was so drunk he had no memory of what he had done and expressed shock at the details.

McKelvey said a pre-sentence report found the killer had a turbulent upbringing on the Fairford First Nation. His mother was an alcoholic and his father left after stabbing his brother.

McKelvey said the killer was placed in a foster home in Winnipeg at the age of 13, where he found a loving and nurturing environment but added he could not overcome the struggles engrained from childhood.

"He did not have the appropriate role model and support in his formative years, which left him somewhat traumatized," McKelvey said of the killer.

McKelvey said correction officials found the killer to be easy-going and soft-spoken but noted probation services assessed him to be a high risk to reoffend as a result of his drinking problems and his upbringing.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 8, 2013 B2

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