Court reserves decision in appeal in Cape Breton lobster death case
The judge presiding over the trial of Joseph James Landry in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., allowed reporters to take photographs Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 of the boat that Phillip Boudreau was on before his death. (Aly Thomson / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, January 22, 2016 11:15AM EST
HALIFAX -- The lawyer for a man sentenced to 14 years for manslaughter in the death of a Cape Breton man says his client's punishment is too harsh.
Defence lawyer Roger Burrill argued today in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal that a 10-year sentence would be more appropriate for Joseph James Landry.
Landry was sentenced in January 2015 after a jury found him guilty of manslaughter, although he was charged with second-degree murder.
He was one of four people charged in the death of 43-year-old Phillip Boudreau, who disappeared near the mouth of the harbour near Petit-de-Grat. on June 1, 2013.
Crown attorney Tim O'Leary says a lighter sentence would ignore the viciousness of the attack against Boudreau.
The court has reserved its decision.