Man gets seven years for stabbing

A Cape Breton man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for the stabbing death of another man last year.

A Cape Breton man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for the stabbing death of another man last year.

Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Simon J. MacDonald sentenced Donald Allan (Duck) McNeil of River Ryan yesterday. McNeil is also banned for life from possessing firearms and must provide a DNA sample to the national registry.

MacDonald did not give McNeil the traditional double credit for the time he has spent on remand at the Cape Breton Correctional Centre as he awaited the outcome of the court case. MacDonald found that McNeil hadn’t been serving “dead” time because he had access to programs, and instead gave him a credit of 1.5 days for each of the 394 days he has spent on remand.

MacDonald denied a Crown application that McNeil be required to serve at least half of his time before being eligible for parole.

A jury found McNeil guilty in June of manslaughter in the stabbing death of Lawrence Desrosiers, 44, of New Waterford, in the early morning of Aug. 25, 2008. Desrosiers was stabbed twice.

 
 
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