Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Early release sought in manslaughter

  • Print

A jury took a mandatory life sentence off the table when they ruled Robert Prince didn’t deliberately stab a man to death.

Now the convicted Winnipeg killer is asking a judge to give him an early shot at freedom, arguing he should only be sentenced to three more years in prison in addition to time already served.

Prince, 46, was convicted of manslaughter earlier this year. A jury found him not guilty of the more serious charge of second-degree murder.

He returned to court Tuesday for sentencing, where defence lawyer Ryan Amy requested a total five-year sentence on paper, less time already served. The Crown is seeking another seven years behind bars in addition to pre-trial custody.

Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Dewar has reserved his decision until Jan. 9.

Darryl John Sinclair, 45, suffered fatal injuries during the January 2011 incident. Prince didn’t deny killing Sinclair by slashing his throat. But he argued the attack was a tragic accident, a position the jury clearly accepted in finding him guilty of the reduced charge.

Jurors heard that trouble began when Sinclair and his girlfriend joined Prince for a night of drinking inside a Manitoba Housing apartment highrise at 269 Dufferin Ave., where all three lived. Sinclair wanted to leave the gathering at Prince’s suite, but his girlfriend did not, court was told. Sinclair then struck the woman in the face before fleeing. That’s when Prince grabbed a knife, followed Sinclair into the hallway and attacked him with the single stab wound.

"He acted on the sudden, before his passions had cooled," Amy told jurors in his closing arguments. "If he meant to kill, why did he allow (the victim) to walk away? Why didn’t he, pardon the crassness, finish the job?"

Police found Sinclair collapsed in a pool of blood in a stairwell after one of the other tenants in the building called police.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Maria Aragon performs new single "Nothing but a Beat"

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project. Baby peregrine falcons. 21 days old. Three baby falcons. Born on ledge on roof of Radisson hotel on Portage Avenue. Project Coordinator Tracy Maconachie said that these are third generation falcons to call the hotel home. Maconachie banded the legs of the birds for future identification as seen on this adult bird swooping just metres above. June 16, 2004.
  • A Canada goose makes takes flight on Wilkes Ave Friday afternoon- See Bryksa’s 30 Day goose a day challenge- Day 09- May 11, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Should panhandling at intersections be banned?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google