Sentencing begins for Winnipeg man who killed Saskatchewan Mountie with stolen truck

Victim impact statements have been read at the sentencing hearing for a man who ran over and killed a Saskatchewan RCMP officer more than two years ago. 

Melanie Patton, the mother of Const. Shelby Patton, told court today she has been gutted after losing her only son.

Alphonse Stanley Traverse pleaded guilty last year to manslaughter and to a charge of stealing a motor vehicle.

Patton, who was 26, had pulled over a suspected stolen truck in the town of Wolseley, east of Regina, in 2021.

Court heard the officer asked Traverse to step out of the truck and, when Traverse started the vehicle to drive off, Patton stepped on the running board and reached for the keys. 

Patton fell when the truck jerked and was run over by a rear tire. 

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