Life Sen­tence

Fort Mcmur­ray man gets life sen­tence, no chance of pa­role for 12 years in Con­klin mur­der.

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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.

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