Man gets four years for manslaughter of Squamish teen
A 21-year-old man has been found guilty of manslaughter for the killing of a Squamish teen in March 2007 -- but will only serve 10 months thanks to B.C.'s 2-for-1 pretrial time-served credit.
Ander Kumar Walker-Huria was sentenced to four years at North Vancouver Provincial Court on Thursday for the stabbing death of 16-year-old Sam Eves in the Valleycliffe area of Squamish during a house party. He also received another 14 months from charges laid in his home province of Ontario.
After an intense RCMP manhunt, Walker-Huria gave himself up to police on a forestry road outside of Squamish the day after the killing.
Initially, Walker-Huria was charged with second-degree murder, but that charge was later reduced to manslaughter.
Because Walker-Huria has been in custody since Eves' death, he will be credited with serving four years and four months, based on the current 2-for-1 pretrial time served credit.
This means Walker-Huria will serve 10 months and is due for release in March 2010.
Eves' father, Colin, told CTV in January about his disappointment with the charge reduction, and said his son's case wasn't a priority after it kept being reassigned to different prosecutors.
"Of course, we were upset, and then, the more we thought about it, the more outraged you become," Colin Eves said.
And he was shocked when the Crown told him it hadn't interviewed any witnesses until two weeks before the preliminary trial.
"In my mind, any job well done is a job that's well prepared for," he said. "And frankly, I was appalled when I found out they waited a year to interview witnesses."
Eves says prosecutors knew little about Walker-Huria's past, which included a skipped court hearing in
"It seems to me that the Crown is abdicating responsibility," Eves said. "They are supposed to look after people who try to obey the rules and live accordingly."
The Eves family started a charity in