April 04, 2014 - 6:14 PM
KAMLOOPS - A man convicted of manslaughter was sentenced to six years in prison today, minus time already served for killing his friend at a party nearly two years ago.
Torbin Alec, 31, was involved in a fight with his friend Jesse Seymour in July 2012 which ended with Alec stabbing Seymour six times, killing him.
Through various hearings, court heard Alec had disagreements with his own lawyers and made several comments about removing his guilty plea. Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley gave him an opportunity to take his lawyer back today, but Alec declined.
“All I want to do is tell my side of the story,” Alec said.
He gave a lengthy version of events the night that Seymour was killed and said he didn’t mean to take Seymour’s life and later spoke of his past.
"If I wasn't raised the way I was raised, I probably wouldn't be sitting here today," he said.
Dley also heard from Seymour’s mother and sister.
“I will mourn my son for the rest of my life,” Jesse’s mother, Sandra Seymour said in her statement.
Later, family members called out at Alec in court. Sandra told him: "You were part of our family at one point.”
In his sentencing, Dley noted Alec's upbringing, his lengthy criminal record and history of drug and alcohol abuse.
Alec has already served one year and three months in prison. Once released, Alec will have a lifetime ban on firearms.
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