Man con­victed of sec­ond homi­cide in 7 months

Montreal Gazette - - CITY - PAUL CHERRY

A man from a small town in On­tario en­tered a guilty plea to man­slaugh­ter at the Mon­treal court­house on Thurs­day, mak­ing it the sec­ond time in less than seven months that Tevon Squire has been con­victed of a homi­cide in Canada. Ac­cord­ing to court records, Squire, a 23-year-old res­i­dent of Lind­say, Ont., 130 kilo­me­tres north­east of Toronto, en­tered his plea be­fore Su­pe­rior Court Jus­tice Marc David. Squire was orig­i­nally charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the death of Nathanael Reid, a 25-year-old LaSalle res­i­dent who was struck with a sharp ob­ject on Sept. 24, 2015, dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion near Dol­lard Ave. and John F. Kennedy St. While Squire man­aged to plead guilty to the lesser charge of man­slaugh­ter, the plea was en­tered un­der a sec­tion of the Crim­i­nal Code that car­ries the pos­si­bil­ity of a max­i­mum life sen­tence. De­tails of what Squire ad­mit­ted to were not avail­able dur­ing the week­end. The day be­fore he killed the vic­tim in LaSalle, Squire, who has resided in Château­guay in the past, ap­peared at the Mon­treal court­house to plead guilty to pos­sess­ing drugs and a weapon for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose. The sen­tence he re­ceived that same day in­cluded 12 months of pro­ba­tion. The guilty plea to the man­slaugh­ter charge on Thurs­day put an end to a jury trial that was sched­uled to be­gin later this year. Sen­tenc­ing is sched­uled to be­gin in April. On Aug. 1, 2015, less than two months be­fore he killed Reid, Squire was in Vaughan, Ont., where he killed Fer­nando Acosta, a 38-year-old fa­ther of one who suf­fered from men­tal health prob­lems. Ac­cord­ing to the Vaughan Cit­i­zen news­pa­per, Acosta’s body was dis­cov­ered in a ditch. The vic­tim had been stabbed three times in the back and once in the chest. Dur­ing his trial in On­tario, Squire tes­ti­fied that it was Acosta who was car­ry­ing the knife that was ul­ti­mately used to kill him when a fight broke out be­tween the men. Squire was orig­i­nally charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in Acosta’s death as well but, on July 9, a jury opted to con­vict him of man­slaugh­ter in­stead. Squire was sen­tenced to time served (1,072 days) for hav­ing killed Acosta. He has been de­tained in the Mon­treal case since his ar­rest in Au­gust 2016.

Tevon Squire

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