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Former Bowden inmate charged with manslaughter

A former Bowden Institution inmate charged with a fatal stabbing is now serving a five-year sentence for manslaughter.

Keith Clinton Sandmaier, now 35, was charged with second-degree murder after a fellow inmate was found suffering from stab wounds on the morning of Sunday, June 19, 2011.

David Tung Louie, 38, was rushed to hospital in Innisfail but died of his injuries. He had been serving a 12-year sentence for weapons, robbery and drug charges.

Sandmaier was arrested at the prison later that week and charged with second-degree murder.

He had pleaded guilty and asked for a preliminary hearing, scheduled to open in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench this week.

However, Sandmaier pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter late in November and was subsequently sentenced to five years.

Bowden officials said at the time of his arrest that Sandmaier had been serving a three-year sentence for a variety of property offences, including armed robbery.

Denied parole, he completed that sentence on May 6, 2012, and was then remanded in custody pending the outcome of the murder charge.

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