Hobbema man jailed for manslaughter

A 19-year-old Hobbema man who has already served 19 months in jail on a manslaughter charge had almost another three years added to his sentence on Monday.

A 19-year-old Hobbema man who has already served 19 months in jail on a manslaughter charge had almost another three years added to his sentence on Monday.

Jordan Lee Roasting pleaded guilty to manslaughter and a single count of discharging a firearm with the intent to injure when he appeared in Wetaskiwin Court of Queen’s Bench.

Roasting, who was given credit for 38 months in jail, will serve another 34 months.

Roasting qualified for a two-for-one credit because he was held in custody before March 2010 when Parliament did away with extra credit for people serving time before disposition of their case. Now, people only get a one-for-one credit unless there is a special circumstance.

Court heard that Roasting fired shots into a house on the Ermineskin First Nation on Oct. 4, 2008, injuring someone inside the home.

Later that day, a group armed with weapons battered their way into another house on the reserve where they suspected the shooter was hiding. Several people were in the house, including children.

One of them was Brian Randall Littlechild, 20.

Court heard that when Littlechild made his way down a hallway in the house, Roasting poked a shotgun around a corner and fired shots that hit Littlechild in the chest and killed him.

The shooting was believed to be related to a drug trade turf war waged by several gangs in the Hobbema area fighting for a piece of the narcotic’s trade.