(THUNDER BAY, ON) – SHALDON WABASON SENTENCED TO ONE DAY IN JAIL WITH 7 YEARS PRE-SENTENCE CUSTODY CREDIT BY SUPERIOR COURT JUSTICE BRUCE FITZPATRICK.
ROBERT TOPPING DIED A HERO THAT EVENING 8 YEARS AGO.
WABASON WILL NOT BE RELEASED TODAY.
HE RECEIVED ANOTHER PENITENTIARY SENTENCE OF 30 MONTHS IN FEBRUARY 2019 FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WHILE IN PRISON.
EQUIVALENT OF A 10 YEAR SENTENCE WITH GLADUE FACTORS CONSIDERED.
HE WILL BE RETURNED TO THE SASKATCHEWAN FEDERAL PENITENTIARY IN PRINCE ALBERT.
Appearing in Courtroom 205 before His Honour Justice Patrick B. Fitzpatrick this morning, Wednesday March 27,2019 is 27 year old SHALDON PAUL RYAN WABASON.
Crown Attorney Andrew Sadler is present along with famed Defence Attorney Devin Bains assisted by the always capable Natalie Simpson.
He’s wearing clean institutional clothing and is tall and fit.
Wabason’s mother is in the court crying for him. She chats briefly with him at the break.
Victim Impact statements were read into the court record by Crown Attorney Andrew Sadler.
Best friend and mother of Topping’s children Paulette Cloutier is in the body of the court. She’s shedding tears as the Crown Attorney reads her statement. This has adversely affected her life. She’s more nervous and scared now. She’s had numerous nightmares reliving the event. She’s had to move to a secure residence due to this increased fear in her life. She hopes that all the convicted individuals are reminded by their concrete surroundings of their wrongdoing.
A statement wrote by Jordan Topping is read by the Crown Attorney. Jordan lost his father that day. His father did everything with him and was the person who he felt knew him the most. He can’t imagine what his mother is going through. He always knew he’d have to plan his parent’s funeral. He just didn’t expect to do it at 16 years old. He’s happy his Dad saved his Mom’s life that night. But the loss of his father has had a tremendous impact on him.
Tammy Reinhold, the niece of Robert Topping wrote a victim impact statement. She recalls her last memories with her Uncle Bob after picking him up from a 24 hour bus ride. Losing her Uncle has left her more cold hearted. That’s not who she is, but this is the result.
WABASON is from the Whitesands Reserve near Armstrong, Ontario. In the 1940’s there was a hydroelectric dam built. The dam caused flooding in the community. It’s not possible to determine how many relatives went to residential school. Defence Counsel suggests there were smallpox blankets brought to the community in the 1940’s. His Honour openly questioned that claim.
It’s a joint submission before the court by Crown and Defence for the 7 years pre-sentence custody plus 1 day time served. A DNA order is part of the sentence. WABASON receives a lifetime prohibition of restricted firearms and a 10 year prohibition on unrestricted firearms. His Honour Fitzpatrick cedes to the joint recommendation and offers his sympathies to the family. He states on the court record that Robert Topping died a hero.
WABASON is offered an opportunity to speak. He states that he has nothing to say.
WABASON shows no visible emotion as sentenced is passed.
WABASON will be released from the penitentiary on statutory release September 2020.
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