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New sentencing to take place in Lethbridge manslaughter case

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The case of a local man, whose second degree murder conviction was recently overturned, came up in Lethbridge Provincial Court Monday (June 24).

27 year old Addison Wakefield was charged in January 2013, along with Michael Mitchell, in the stabbing death of 58 year old George Span.

Both were convicted of second degree murder and automatically sentenced to life in prison.

However, the Supreme Court of Canada recently overturned a decision by the Alberta Court of Appeal which upheld Wakefield’s conviction.

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Instead of ordering a new trial, a manslaughter conviction was accepted and the case is being sent back to the trial judge who will deliver a new sentence.

A sentencing date is expected to be set August 26th.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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