Alberta youths who shot sleeping five year old get maximum youth sentence


WETASKIWIN, Alta. – Three young people involved in the shooting death of a five-year-old boy on a reserve south of Edmonton have received the maximum youth sentence for manslaughter.

The teens took turns firing a rifle at a home on the Samson Cree reserve in July 2011, and one of the bullets hit Ethan Yellowbird in the head as he slept in his bed.

Two of the youths fired bullets into the home and one fired a shot over the house.

The three pleaded guilty last fall to manslaughter.

The judge who has sentenced the teens called the crime an act of domestic terrorism.

The maximum youth sentence is two years custody and one year probation.

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