Prosecutors are seeking an adult sentence for a teen who beat a 73-year-old stranger to death on a Winnipeg street.
The now 16-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the Sept. 23, 2018 killing of James Barrington Olson.
A two-day hearing before provincial court Judge Heather Pullan to determine whether the boy should be subject to an adult sentence began Monday.
If sentenced as an adult, the boy would be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for five to seven years. The maximum youth sentence for second-degree murder is seven years custody and community supervision.
The boy’s lawyer is recommending he serve a youth sentence under an Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision (IRCS) order. The IRCS program allows participants access to one-on-one counselling, occupational therapy, tutoring and other specialized services.
According to an agreed statement of facts provided to court, Olson was walking along Redwood Avenue around 2 a.m. when the then-15-year-old accused ran across the street toward Olson and within seconds began punching and kicking him.
The assault moved to the front steps of a Redwood Avenue home, where the boy stomped and kicked the man in the head and chest. A witness in the house called 911 as the boy dragged Olson to the front-yard fence where security video captured him stomping repeatedly on Olson’s head and body.
Police arrived within seconds of the 911 call as the boy continued to assault Olson as he lay motionless on the ground. Police arrested the boy after a short chase. Olson was transported to Health Sciences Centre where he died a short time later.
The boy is already serving a three-year sentence for a home invasion committed one month before Olson’s murder.
Updated on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:52 PM CST: Fixes typo
9:54 PM: Updates headline