Judge decides on youth sentence for the accused in stabbing death of Regina teenager

A Regina judge has opted to give an 18-year-old a youth sentence instead of an adult one for a 2018 murder.

The boy, who was 15 when the crime occurred, had been found guilty a year ago of second degree murder in the stabbing death of 16-year-old Erica Hill O’Watch. She was killed while at a house party on the 900 block of Cameron Street in October 2018.

That sentence is six years and eight months plus 18 months credit for time served.

Justice Janet McMurtry found the boy, who can’t be named due to his age at the time of the murder, did not have the judgement and maturity of an adult when the murder happened while saying he had experienced significant trauma throughout his life.

The Crown had been seeking an adult sentence.

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