May 31, 2013 - 4:01 PM
PENTICTON — Steven Michael Cameron, 23, hugged his family after being sentenced to nine months in jail for stabbing two men at a 2010 Halloween party.
Cameron's family members and friends were at Penticton Supreme Court on Friday. He got a chance to briefly meet with a few of them before being escorted out. It was the family's support and Cameron's own rehabilitation efforts which convinced Justice Mark McEwan to not make the sentence any more harsh.
Cameron was convicted on two counts of aggravated assault for stabbing Cody McNeil twice and Derek Robertson five times after an argument broke out in the basement during a 2010 house party. Cameron was intoxicated after consuming drugs and alcohol. Robertson was treated for life-threatening injuries.
Crown counsel John Swanson recommended an 18-month sentence but McEwan said leaving him in jail one more day will not do him any good. McEwan said the nine-month sentence was still necessary to show the public serious crimes warrant time in jail.
McEwan and defence lawyer Don Skogstad agreed Cameron has done well rehabilitating himself. Skogstad said Cameron has support from his family as well as his employer who has been hanging onto his job and Cameron had no criminal record before this.
McEwan added Robertson and McNeil also have no harsh feelings towards Cameron.
The justice was so impressed with the young mans' progress he said no probation would be necessary. Once Cameron's nine months are up—with three months already served—he would be a free man.
Skogstad said the result was not surprising considering how serious the offense was. The lawyer was a little surprised though with the no-probation order.
"That's very unusual."
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