Red Deer Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter
22 year-old Julian Thomson has pleaded guilty to manslaughter following the death of his infant daughter.
Four-month old Zaria McCall died of blunt force trauma to the head. A CT scan revealed that Zaria suffered from three separate skull fractures after being shaken by her father.
Julian Thomson admitted to being angry with Zaria’s mother when he shook his daughter and threw her to the floor, eventually causing her to hit her head on a toy.
Crown prosecutor Jason Snider said that Thomson pleaded guilty to manslaughter November, 2012. Thomson was given a five-year sentence which included the 10 months he had already served during the trial proceedings.
Father Facing Manslaughter Charges in Daughter’s Death
Snider stated that the Crown did not believe Thomson intended to hurt his daughter, but lost his temper when he committed “a violent and unspeakable act.”
While manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, each individual sentence is handled to be in proportion to other sentences that have been handed to other offenders in similar circumstances.
Following sentencing, Thomson was ordered to surrender a sample of his DNA, and was prohibited from owning firearms and other weapons for 10 years following completion of his prison term.
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Posted on February 25th, 2014