Car­bon­ear na­tive sen­tenced for manslaugh­ter

Jody Ge­orge gets 12 years for bru­tal slay­ing of Toronto woman

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A man orig­i­nally from Car­bon­ear has been sen­tenced to 12 years in prison for the bru­tal killing of a woman in Toronto in Jan­uary 2011.

Jody Ge­orge, 40, who was de­scribed in me­dia re­ports re­cently as a “se­vere al­co­holic,” pleaded guilty to manslaugh­ter in the death of 60-year-old Joanne Mitchell.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Ge­orge was ex­tremely in­tox­i­cated when he crushed Mitchell’s skull with a ham­mer on Jan. 23, 2011, killing her al­most in­stan­ta­neously. He was orig­i­nally charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, but the charge was down­graded be­cause of his drunk­en­ness.

Ge­orge was a vi­o­lent of­fender with 90 con­vic­tions on his record. He knew his vic­tim, who was also an al­co­holic, and fre­quently stayed at her Jarvis St. home, ac­cord­ing to re­ports in the Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun.

Jus­tice Ian Nord­heimer said the killing “re­veals in stark terms” the suf­fer­ing and toll that al­co­hol abuse in­flicts upon peo­ple.

Ac­cord­ing to the coro­ner’s report, it’s es­ti­mated that Ge­orge struck Mitchell at least 16 times, crush­ing her skull.

When he ap­peared in court ear­lier this month, Ge­orge looked hag­gard and wore a T-shirt and army green pants. The 21 months he al­ready spent in cus­tody will be de­ducted from his sen­tence.

Ge­orge and Mitchell were famil- iar faces in the city’s down­town core, pan­han­dling for money to­gether out­side Union Sta­tion.

In mid-2010, they were pho­tographed to­gether as part of a fea­ture about pan­han­dling by The Star news­pa­per.

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