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Mother of Burin Peninsula youth shot on New Year’s Eve angered by sentence

GRAND BANK, N.L. – The mother of a Burin Peninsula youth who was severely injured in a shooting incident this past New Year’s Eve in Brookside is disappointed by the sentence handed down.

The accused, who can not be named because of his age, appeared in provincial court in Grand Bank on Tuesday, where Judge Harold Porter sentenced him to two years of probation.

“I’m just totally disgusted with today’s outcome,” the victim’s mother told The Southern Gazette afterwards.

“There’s just nothing to the justice system anymore. There’s really not. There’s so much of these things happening because people know that they can get away with it. It is very discouraging.”

Because of the age of the accused, she would have liked to see a period of jail time imposed, she added.

“…(They) want to believe that (they’re) an adult, treat (them) like an adult,” she said.

The sentencing in the matter was a joint submission by the Crown and the attorney representing the accused.

“I’m required by direction of the Supreme Court of Canada and the court of appeal to endorse joint submissions,” said Porter. “This joint submission is therefore endorsed.”

Along with the probation, the accused is also ordered to not have any contact with the victim or his family. He must also not have any contact with an adult male who is also charged in connection with the shooting. A firearms order is in place, as well.      

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