A grieving Winnipeg mother speaks out

Calls for tougher penalties, parental responsibility


David Vincett, 20, was walking home from a friend’s house down Winnipeg’s Boyd Street in the early hours of Sept. 25, when a 14-year-old boy, now charged with murder, allegedly shot him in the head from point-blank range. Now Vincett’s mother, Linda Kozlowski, is speaking out. Her son was no model—he had several run-ins with the police. She calls for thugs to stop shooting, parents to take control of their violent sons, and judges and politicians to toughen up penalties for young offenders. The teen charged in Vincett’s death, possibly a member of a street gang, was recently released from jail after shooting at a postal worker last year. The boy, just 13 at the time, demanded money and pepper spray from the letter carrier, then pulled out a sawed-off shotgun, loaded it and fired. The mailman narrowly avoided being hit and got away uninjured. The youth spent about six months in custody, followed by three months of community supervision, followed by two years probation. “All these kids get are slaps on the wrist,” Kozlowski says. On Winnipeg’s cycle of street violence, she adds: “This has to stop. But it feels like we’re fighting a losing battle.”

Winnipeg Free Press

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A grieving Winnipeg mother speaks out

  1. Of course she’s right… but if she were to bring this up with any of the provinces NDP leaders, they’d tell her that the problem is not enough coddling of the little murderer. You see it at the federal level every day as well. Every one of the federal parties in opposition are vehemently opposed to any kind of “tough on crime” legislation. You even see Quebec and now Ontario saying they’ll refuse to implement new laws unless Ottawa foots the bill. With an attitude like that, we can’t be surprised that our provinces refuse to act in the face of an obvious problem, with a pretty obvious solution.

  2.  ‘Her son was no model—he had several run-ins with the police.’

    And 14 year olds don’t belong in prison.

    • They do if they execute a person in cold blood, and in that case they should spend the rest of their lives in prison

      • That’s absurd.

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