Role in brutal beating death in O’Chiese garners six-year sentence

A fifth person has been sentenced for manslaughter in the brutal revenge killing of a man at O’Chiese First Nation last year.

A fifth person has been sentenced for manslaughter in the brutal revenge killing of a man at O’Chiese First Nation last year.

Evan Ernest Foureyes, 22, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday and was sentenced to six years in prison.

On Sept. 18, 2010, Gordon Marlice Strawberry, 45, died from blunt force injuries to his head and body after he was attacked by a group of people at a drinking party at a home on the reserve, which is located 53 km northwest of Rocky Mountain House.

The unprovoked beating started inside a trailer. Attackers kicked and stomped on the victim’s head and body. His face was slashed and he was stabbed in the eye.

His body was dragged outside, where the attack continued. Strawberry was left outside and found dead the next day.

During the assault, his attackers chanted: “This is for late Edgar.”

The attack was said to be in revenge for the stabbing death of Edgar Strawberry in 2003. Gordon Marlice Strawberry served four years in jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death.

During a joint sentencing submission from Crown prosecutor Robin Joudrey and defence lawyer Kim Ross of Calgary, the court heard that Foureyes was the first person to strike Strawberry, knocking him unconscious.

He struck Strawberry with a two-by-four, stomped on his chest, breaking his ribs.

Foureyes’ sentence was reduced by 14 months and 21 days for the time he spent in custody after his arrest.

In November, Malvina Jean Beaverbones, 36, of O’Chiese, was sentenced to four and a half years in jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

In October, Jenny Olivia Beaverbones, 27, of O’Chiese, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to four years.

Also in October, Cameron Paul Strawberry, 37, of O’Chiese received a two-year prison sentence after also pleading guilty to manslaughter.

In August, Darcy John Lightfoot, 30, was sentenced to seven years in prison for the killing.

Terrence Andy Beaverbones, 21, is to be sentenced in connection to the killing today.