4:30 a.m., June 8)
man convicted of manslaughter gets six years for St. Patrick's
By Fred Sherwin
Ben Taylor has been sentenced to six years
in prison, less time served, for the 2011
St. Patrick's Day stabbing death of Scott Ledoux. File photo
man convicted of stabbing 22-year-old Scott Ledoux to
death during a St. Patrick's Day party in Orléans
in 2011 has been sentenced to six years in prison for
jury convicted Ben Taylor, 20, of manslaughter following
a three week trial in Febuary, rather than the more serious
charge of second degree murder.
prosecuter in the case had argued for an eight year sentence,
while Taylor's defence attorney Pat McCann requested that
his client be released for time served after already spending
two years behind bars.
Friday, Justice Charles Hackland ruled that Taylor should
serve six years less time served rather than the eight
years requested by the prosecution.
this case, I believe a somewhat reduced sentence is warranted
due to the severity of the beating Mr. Taylor received
at the time he employed the knife, Hackland ruled.
This provocation reduces the moral blameworthiness
surrounding his use of the knife."
was one of several univited guests who showed up at a
St. Patrick's Day "pre-party" hosted by Taylor
in his Cousineau Street apartment. At one point Taylor
left the apratment in the care of a friend to run some
errands. When he returned shortly after midnight a number
of the guests, including Ledoux, had grown rowdy and were
trashing his apartment. Taylor asked them to leave but
he confronted them a second time he and Ledoux exchanged
blows. Ledoux retreated after the initial exchange and
went outside where he challenged Taylor to come out and
was at this point that Taylor picked up a steak knife
from the sink and put it in his pocket. Two of his friends
testified that Taylor said he would use it against Ledoux
if he returned. Taylor also asked a friend to call 911.
Taylor didn't come outside to meet him, Ledoux, who was
30 lbs heavier than Taylor, went back inside the house.
A second fight ensued in which Ledoux quickly gained the
upperhand and was, by all accounts, administering
a beating on Taylor, Hackland said.
to the defence, Taylor stabbed Ledoux several times in
an act of self defence. When Ledoux fell off him, Taylor
ran out of his apartment and spent the rest of the night
at a friend's house.
to the prosecution, Ledoux was stabbed a total of eight
times and died as a result of his wounds. When Taylor
found out Ledoux had died he turned himself in the next
Taylors remaining sentence, after
the two years and three months already served, is three
years and nine months.
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