An appeal is to be heard Thursday in the case of a man whose vehicle fatally struck a Saskatchewan conservation officer in 2013.
Blaine Taypotat was handed a nine-and-a-half-year sentence for running down Justin Knackstedt who had stopped to help police direct traffic after a crash near Saskatoon.
Taypotat’s lawyer has filed court documents claiming the trial judge failed to consider his client’s background of poverty, residential school abuse and alcohol problems — factors to be taken into account when aboriginal offenders are sentenced.
The lawyer says an eight-year sentence would be more appropriate but the Crown says the sentence handed down should stand.
(The Canadian Press)