CAMPBELLTON, N.B. — A jury has found Jean-Claude Savoie not guilty of criminal negligence causing death after his African rock python escaped its enclosure in August 2013 and killed two young New Brunswick boys.
Four-year-old Noah Barthe and Connor Barthe, 6, died during a sleepover in Savoie’s apartment.
The python escaped by travelling through a ventilation duct and dropping into the living room where the boys slept.
A pathologist who performed autopsies on the boys said they died of asphyxiation and each were covered in puncture wounds from snake bites.