Court reserves decision in appeal in Cape Breton lobster death case

HALIFAX -- The lawyer for a man sentenced to 14 years for manslaughter in the death of a Cape Breton man says his client's punishment is too harsh.

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Defence lawyer Roger Burrill argued today in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal that a 10-year sentence would be more appropriate for Joseph James Landry.

Landry was sentenced in January 2015 after a jury found him guilty of manslaughter, although he was charged with second-degree murder.

He was one of four people charged in the death of 43-year-old Phillip Boudreau, who disappeared near the mouth of the harbour near Petit-de-Grat. on June 1, 2013.

Crown attorney Tim O'Leary says a lighter sentence would ignore the viciousness of the attack against Boudreau.

The court has reserved its decision.



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