Man gets 7 years for role in killing eatery owner
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.”
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.