Fort Mcmurray man gets life sentence, no chance of parole for 12 years in Conklin murder.
A Fort Mcmurray man has been sentenced to life with no parole for 12 years for the second-degree murder of a Conklin man more than three years ago.
Trevor Powder, 23, was found guilty by a jury following a two-week trial on Sept. 14 and sentenced Wednesday. Originally, Powder was charged with the first-degree murder of David Mcdermid, 20.
In his ruling, Justice David Gates called the case a “very, very sad story” that was also “a story about lost fathers.”
“It’s about Mr. Mcdermid and the father that his daughter will never know. Your actions have deprived her of having a loving, supportive relationship with her father,” he said.
Gates added Powder’s two children would also suffer as he served his sentence. After reviewing his Gladue report, Gates concluded a lack of a father figure in Powder’s own upbringing contributed to his drug and alcohol addictions.
However, that did not excuse his role in Mcdermid’s murder, Gates said.
“You didn’t have the support and love and assistance that all children have in order to grow up into productive, law-abiding citizens,” he said. “I know you have struggled, but you have taken someone’s life.”
Gates said he was impressed with the progress Powder has shown in programs he has taken at the Edmonton Remand Centre.
He urged Powder to use his sentence to finish his high school education, learn a vocational trade, defeat his drug and alcohol addictions, and reflect on his past and future.
“I urge you to continue on the journey you’ve started to turn your life around,” said Gates. “You have done a terrible thing, but it does not mean you are a person without value.”
Powder wiped away tears as Gates delivered his sentence. As he looked at his family while he was led away, several members of his family began crying.
According to Wood Buffalo RCMP, officers discovered Mcdermid’s body when they responded to reports of a shooting at a Conklin home around 2 a.m. on Aug. 11, 2015. Powder was arrested and originally charged with first-degree murder on July 16, 2016.
During the trial, Powder testified he was intoxicated at the time of the shooting and did not mean to shoot Mcdermid.
He also testified the rifle had fired accidentally. A firearms expert testified he could not replicate an accidental discharge when he examined the rifle.
Powder is the second person to be charged in connection to the death of Mcdermid.
In August, Codie Deranger was found guilty of conspiring to commit an offense in connection to the 2015 homicide. He was 23 at the time of the murder and was arrested in September of 2016. Originally, Deranger was also charged with first-degree murder.
In addition to the the twoyear sentence, he has a $200 surcharge and three years of probation.
He will also face a 10-year firearm prohibition and a lifetime prohibition on restricted firearms once released.
The Fort Mcmurray court house, seen in this file photo from January 2012.