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Updated reports needed before sentencing of man convicted in Salmon Arm murder

January 27, 2017 - 11:21 AM

KAMLOOPS - Updated reports are being ordered before sentencing for a Salmon Arm man who shot and killed Tyler Myers in 2008.

Defence lawyer Donna Turko will be presenting updates to the pre-sentence, psycho-social and psychiatric reports her client received earlier in the court process in an effort to have him entered into the Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision program.

In court today, Jan. 27, Turko requested the updates, which B.C. Supreme Court Justice Sherri Donegan accepted. At the time the original reports were done the program wasn’t being considered.

The report updates will help determine the viability of the program for her client, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice act because he was a 16 at the time he shot and killed Myers on the grounds of a school.

Crown prosecutor Evan Goulet told the court the crown wasn’t opposed to the additions to the reports.

The addendums to the reports will be presented in court Monday, Feb. 6.

Turko has argued her client was in a fragile emotional state at the time of the shooting, and was manipulated by his girlfriend at the time, Monica Sikorski. Sikorski, who was 17 at the time of the murder, pleaded guilty to second degree murder last year and was sentenced as an adult.

The man was convicted of the murder by a jury last year, but is waiting to find out how he will be sentenced, as an adult or a youth. If he’s sentenced as a youth the maximum sentence is six years, and he may enter the supervision program. If he’s sentenced as an adult he’ll receive a minimum 10 year sentence before being eligible for parole.

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