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Lytton man who killed his uncle gets three years behind bars

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December 22, 2017 - 4:30 PM

LYTTON - It will be at least one year before a man who admitted to killing his uncle in a drunken fight will be released from prison.

Colton Smith, 21, was sentenced in Kamloops Supreme Court yesterday, Dec. 21, on a charge of manslaughter in connection to the stabbing death of his uncle Jeremiah Johnson Smith.

Smith has been in custody for just over two years, and according to court documents, he was given one year of new jail time to serve. His sentence will effectively be three years. He's also been placed on a three-year probation period, and has been given a 10-year firearm prohibition.

This comes after a full day of sentencing submissions from Crown prosecutor Camille Cook and defence lawyer Richard Kaiser earlier this week. Cook sought a four- to six-year sentence, while Kaiser asked for a sentence of less than two years with a lengthy probationary period.

Court heard the circumstances of Jeremiah's death earlier this week, when Cook detailed a drunken fight in Smiths' Lytton neighbourhood in January 2016.

Smith was highly intoxicated when he and Jeremiah began fighting, and Smith eventually went into a neighbour's house, grabbed a steak knife and stabbed Jeremiah. A neighbour took Smith and Jeremiah to hospital but Jeremiah was later pronounced dead.

Court heard an autopsy report showed he died from blood loss.

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