Teen handed maximum youth sentence in killing of Calgary drug dealer who tried to get her into the trade

Exterior pics of the Calgary Courts Centre in Calgary on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Taking part in the brutal murder of a Calgary drug dealer two years ago has landed a city teen the maximum youth sentence available for second-degree murder.

Justice Earl Wilson on Thursday accepted a joint recommendation from Crown prosecutor Marta Juzwiak and defence counsel Kathleen Reyes for a seven-year Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision order.

The sentence will consist of four years of custody and three of community supervision, but Wilson deducted from the custodial portion the 23 months the female killer has already spent behind bars.

“From this day forward she has 25 months (of custody) to serve,” The Calgary Court of Queen’s Bench judge said.

The offender, now 18, pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder in connection with the August 2018 killing of Calgarian Jason Greyeyes, 48.

She had been charged with first-degree murder.

Juzwiak told Wilson that although the teen and her boyfriend, also a youth who can’t be named, discussed attacking Greyeyes, the girl didn’t take their talks seriously.

“While there was no firm planning, there was some discussion . . . of committing a crime like this with her boyfriend,” the prosecutor said.

She also said Greyeyes was an easy target.

“The victim was vulnerable. He was physically disabled, he had multiple sclerosis and had mobility issues,” said Juzwiak, adding Greyeyes had a bipolar disorder and was a drug addict.

She said a mitigating factor in favour of the girl, who was 16 at the time of the deadly attack, was Greyeyes introduced her to cocaine and was trying to lure her into the drug trade.

According to a statement of agreed facts, the teen and her boyfriend went with Greyeyes to an area near 21900 Sheriff King Rd. S.W. late on Aug. 10, 2018, for the purpose of buying drugs from one of his connections.

There, while Greyeyes smoked a cigarette, the boyfriend came up behind him and struck him in the back of the head with a hammer, and when he fell to his knees the two used a garbage bag to suffocate him, the court exhibit stated.

An autopsy determined the cause of death to be blunt traumatic injuries to the head.

In a victim-impact statement, the dead man’s father, a former police officer, said his son’s health had been in decline for many years and he likely would have died within three to five years.

“I . . . have wrestled with why this happened and may always carry that question,” James Greyeyes wrote.

Despite objections from Reyes, Wilson imposed a lifetime firearms prohibition on the teen.

The lawyer had wanted a 10-year ban because her client has expressed interest in a military career, but Wilson suggested her murder conviction would probably keep her out of the army anyway.

Her co-accused is to go to trial in the fall.

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