Man gets 12-year sentence for manslaughter

Kirsten Cutknife, 20, was killed November 2015

A man accused of killing a Samson Cree Nation woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison for manslaughter.

Joshua Crier, who was 19 at the time, was originally charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Kirsten Cutknife, 20, of Samson Cree Nation on Nov. 28, 2015.

Police launched an investigation after her body was found in a residence on the morning of Nov. 28 on the Samson Cree townsite at Maskwacis. Crier was arrested later that day.

Crier was given credit for 664 days of pre-trial custody.

A three-week trial had been set for March 5-23 in Wetaskiwin provincial court.

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