A 16-YEAR-OLD MALE SENTENCED TO ANOTHER 29 MONTHS SECURE CUSTODY FOR MANSLAUGHTER OF OTIS PERKINS AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT STABBING OF ANOTHER MALE.
COURTROOM PACKED WITH FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE VICTIMS.
KILLER SMILES LEAVING COURTROOM
Appearing handcuffed in Courtroom 204 on Monday, April 23, 2018, before Her Honour Justice Bonnie Warkentin is a 16-year-old Youth who can only be identified as K.M. The youth is wearing the institutional burgundy tracksuit worn at the Ronald Lester Youth Center. He stands about 5’7” tall and is slim build. He shows no visible emotion.
He’s represented by local lawyer David Dubinsky and the Crown Attorney is Jane Ann McGill
The admitted facts that K.M. has already plead guilty to are that City police, along with firefighters and paramedics, were called to the Limbrick Street Housing Complex neighbourhood playground at 3:03 a.m. on Friday, September 2, 2016, following reports of a stabbing. Thunder Bay Police arrested a teenager who cannot be named as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The youth stabbed the men in a fight over beer.
The teen who was 14 years old and out on bail for previous criminal offences when he stabbed to death 25-year-old Otis William Perkins and stabbed another 27-year-old male survivor in the lower back who was trying to help Otis Perkins.
There are people crying through this whole proceeding. It’s an incredibly sad moment. The youth shows no emotion.
Several people are set to deliver victim impact statements.
The first statement is by the Aunt of Otis Perkins. She tells the court that Otis is the loving son she never had. She very sad without Otis in her life.
She’s worried that the offender or his family may harm her and she hopes he doesn’t get any day passes for three years.
Next statement is by a female cousin. She’s incredibly sad. She tells the court that the father of Otis and her father were best friends. She grew up in the air cadets with Otis. He acted like an overprotective brother to her. She experiences hatred and anguish when she sees K.M. and thinks three years is not enough time. She mentions how one of the witnesses to stabbing death of Otis was later murdered.
The grandmother of Otis Perkins speaks directly facing K.M. “There is no justice for my grandson” she says. Otis was her only grandson. She felt numb, wanted to die, and feels incredible pain over the loss of Otis. He was the end of the bloodline on her son’s side. The father of Otis had passed away due to health complications. She took custody of Otis. They lived together. She had a comfortable life with Otis. But that all changed when K.M. killed Otis. “There is a void in my life that I will never recover,” she tells K.M.
“ I believe you knew exactly what you were doing. I hope you have a conscience and you will always remember the day you took his life” she concludes.
The mother of the male survivor speaks next. She speaks of how much pain and fear KM has inflicted on her family. She recalls getting called to go to the hospital. Her son told her that Otis didn’t make it. He was in so much pain from the stabbing. Otis will always be like a son to her
A female who is a good friend of Otis speaks next. Very sad and she’s angry at KM. Otis was the godfather of her children. He brought smiles to all. She tells KM that he ripped Otis away from his family. It was difficult explaining to a child how Uncle Otis would not be around. “All I have is anger to you. You deserve more than three years and you should get 25 years. You should never see the light of day”
The sister of Otis is up next. She’s very distraught at the loss of her brother. She tells KM that Otis was her backbone and she feels so alone now. She can’t focus on life because of this. It affects her sleep. “You hurt us so much” she states. “We grew up in a hard life but we always told people they could do better”.
Last up is the man who survived the knife attack by KM. He looks very solemn. He’s doesn’t have much to say. “It’s been a tough go the past couple years”. He thanks all the people in the body of the court who helped him.
There was a previous sentencing hearing on March 15, 2018, that got delayed. The court was told that a Gladue report and presentence report would be read into the record. But that didn’t happen today.
KM WAS SENTENCED ON OTHER CHARGES LAST YEAR. HIS SENTENCE RAN OUT IN DECEMBER 2017. He’s been in the Ronald Lester Youth Center the whole time. It’s not read into the record what his previous charges are.
There is a joint submission for sentencing. Justice Warkentin tells the members of the victim’s family that she’s limited by the Youth Criminal Justice Act on what she can sentence K.M. too. She recognizes their sorrow and hurt.
COURTROOM MATH ON YOUNG OFFENDERS
For the manslaughter death of Otis Perkins, KM is sentenced to 34 months in custody less the 5 months served. So that’s 29 months to serve from today plus he gets 7 months of community supervision.
For the aggravated assault stabbing of the other male, KM is sentenced to 12 months concurrent plus 24 months probation.
HE WILL BE RELEASED BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY IN SEPTEMBER 2020.
BY APRIL 2021 HE WILL BE DONE HIS COMMUNITY SUPERVISION.
K.M. Is also ordered to provide a sample of DNA and a 10-year weapon prohibition is ordered. He is also ordered to write apology letters and to attend and participate in programs set out by the youth worker.
Her Honour Warkentin tells K.M. “You’re being given an opportunity by the court today to take advantage of programs and treatment”
KM has shown no emotion through the entire hearing. But as he’s being led out of the courtroom by Thunder Bay Police Special Constables, he smiles.
AND I REALIZE THAT HE’S NOT JUST BAD, THIS PUNK IS EVIL.
Out in the hallway, I can feel the pain of the victim’s families. Where is their opportunity?
AND AS USUAL, THERE IS NO OTHER LOCAL MEDIA PRESENT.
(I did spot an ACADIA BROADCASTING reporter downstairs covering remand court. The news director at Acadia used to care about news many years ago. I guess manslaughter just isn’t important to them anymore.)
RIP OTIS PERKINS. YOU DID NOT DESERVE THIS.
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