Youth re­ceives max­i­mum sen­tence in death of el­derly In­ver­ness man

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS/WEATHER - BY NANCY KING nk­ing@cb­

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.

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