Youth receives maximum sentence in death of elderly Inverness man
PORT HAWKESBURY — A youth has received the maximum three-year sentence allowed under the Youth Criminal Justice Act for his role in the death of an elderly Inverness man.
The youth pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Ivan (Ivy) Joseph Rorison, 70, of Inverness.
The sentence for the youth, who can’t be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was handed down in Port Hawkesbury Wednesday. It breaks down to two years in custody and a year of community supervision.
He remained in custody while awaiting his sentence.
Crown attorney Diane McGrath noted in a telephone interview from Port Hawkesbury that the youth received an intensive rehabilitative custody and supervision order.
“It’s a program that’s available under the Youth Criminal Justice Act and what happens is there’s a special treatment team at the IWK that puts together a treatment plan and then they apply for funding from the federal government to put that plan in place,” she said. “Basically, what it means is there’s an intensive treatment program to reduce the risk of recidi- vism.”
In December, provincial court Judge Laurie Halfpenny MacQuarrie ruled against a Crown motion that the youth be sentenced for manslaughter as an adult. The maximum sentence for an adult convicted of manslaughter is life in prison.
Rorison died one day after a break and enter and altercation in his home, June 1, 2007. He died as a result of internal bleeding caused by being struck in the abdomen.
Richard James Benson, 25, of Waycobah, who has also pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Rorison, will be sentenced June 1.
John Travis MacKinnon, 19, of Inverness, was sentenced in June to seven years in penitentiary, minus two years and 70 days for time served, after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
Two other youths who have pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the case have already been sentenced to terms of custody and community supervision.
Two others are to go to trial on manslaughter charges. Kyle Travis Timmons, 20, of Port Hawkesbury, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. A preliminary hearing has been held for Brandy Johnena Timmons, 19, of Inverness.