A Halifax teenager who stabbed a 32-year-old man to death back in December of 2007 won’t be spending any more time in jail.

The 18-year-old, whose identity is protected by the Youth Criminal Justice Act because he was 17 at the time of the killing, was sentenced to 18 months probation yesterday at Halifax Supreme Court. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter back in February in the killing of Justin Tyson Tolliver.

The teenager has been in the Nova Scotia Youth Facility in Waterville since his arrest 16 months ago. The Crown and defence recommended the teen get credit for time served, and Judge Mona Lynch agreed. Prisoners get time and a half credit for being in custody while waiting for the justice process to be completed.


The judge also agreed with the defence’s recommendation on the amount of probation. The Crown had asked for three years.

As part of his sentence, the 18-year-old is to receive regular counselling, can’t possess weapons, isn’t allowed to have contact with any members of the Tolliver family, and for the first nine months, must live under curfew from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

In the decision, the teenager said he plans to move to another province. If that happens, he’ll be required to keep in regular contact with his youth worker.

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