Man gets 7 years for role in killing eatery owner

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LA RONGE, Sask. — A 19-year-old man has been handed a sev­enyear prison sen­tence for his role in the killing this year of Si­mon Grant, the owner of a res­tau­rant in La Ronge, Sask.

Austin Bird pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter last month.

Grant, 64, was as­saulted dur­ing an armed rob­bery at his res­tau­rant, Louisiana’s Bar-BQue, and died in hospi­tal two days later.

Three other men fac­ing charges in Grant’s death still have their mat­ters be­fore the courts.

Grant’s widow, Cora Laich, told ra­dio sta­tion MBC out­side court on Thurs­day that she has mixed feel­ings about the sen­tence.

“I have to say that it meant a lot to me that he pled guilty and he stood up for what he did,” she said. “I don’t say that I agree to­tally with the sen­tence.”

LARRY MACDOU­GAL, CP

Amanda Lind­hout at­tends a re­cep­tion held in her hon­our by the Al­berta So­mali-Cana­dian com­mu­nity in Cal­gary in 2010. She tes­ti­fied last week that dur­ing her 2008-09 cap­tiv­ity, she was re­peat­edly sex­u­ally as­saulted and beaten.

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