A man who pleaded guilty to killing a welder from Thailand in our city has been handed a 10-year jail sentence, but will only serve six years as he received credit for time served and his guilty plea.
Michael John Stewart, 21, was originally charged with second degree murder in the slaying of 37-year-old Apichat Sudsaneh, but in part because of the guilty plea to the reduced charge of manslaughter, both the Crown and the defence had asked for a reduced prison term of six years instead of 10 years.
The judge accepted Stewart’s guilty plea and the sentence includes two years for robbery and eight years for manslaughter. he also received a lifetime weapons ban.
“A guilty plea is always in and of itself a mitigating factor,” Provincial court Judge Shelagh Creagh told the court.
“He has expressed his remorse for his actions.”