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UPDATE: Trucker sentenced to 12 and a half years over hotel room death of Edmonton woman

(UPDATE: July 27 @ 11:44 am): A judge has sentenced an Ontario trucker driver to 12 1/2 years in prison for killing a woman in his Edmonton hotel room a decade ago.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Stephen Hillier said Bradley Barton will get credit for days he has already spent in custody, so about 11 years remain in his sentence.

A jury found Barton guilty in February of manslaughter in the death of Cindy Gladue, a 36−year−old Métis and Cree woman who bled to death at the Yellowhead Inn in June 2011.

Hillier said he rejected what he called the self−serving stories Barton told at his trial to avoid responsibility for the aggressive sexual assault that killed Gladue.

Medical experts testified the mother of three had four times the legal limit of alcohol in her system when she was left to bleed to death in a bathtub from a severe wound caused by rough sex.

Gladue’s relatives bowed their heads when the judge said there is no sentence that will bring Gladue back or undo the intergenerational trauma the woman’s death has caused her family.

It was the second trial for Barton.

A jury found him not guilty in 2015 of first−degree murder, which sparked rallies and calls for justice for Indigenous women.


(Original story: July 27 @ 5:25 am): An Ontario trucker found guilty for killing a woman in his Edmonton hotel room a decade ago is to learn his sentence today.

Bradley Barton was convicted in February in the manslaughter of Cindy Gladue, a 36−year−old Metis and Cree woman, who died in his room at the Yellowhead Inn in June 2011.

Barton’s trial heard that Gladue had four times the legal limit of alcohol in her system and bled to death from a severe wound in her vagina.

The Crown is asking that Barton be sentenced to 18 to 20 years in prison, listed on the national sex offenders registry and banned for life from owning restricted firearms.

<who> Photo credit: Canadian Press

The defence argued for a five− to nine−year sentence for Barton because the trucker did not foresee Gladue’s death.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Stephen Hillier is to give his sentencing decision this morning in a downtown Edmonton courtroom.

It was the second trial for Barton.

A jury found him not guilty in 2015 of first−degree murder, which sparked rallies and calls for justice for Indigenous women.



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