Decision date: May 14, 2015 - Winnipeg, MB
Brandon Bird, 22, was originally charged with manslaughter in the Jan. 1, 2013, death of 25-year-old Peter Bird on Black River First Nation.
Bird pleaded guilty to simple assault and was sentenced Wednesday to one year of probation. He served three months in custody before he was granted bail.
Crown attorney Liz Laite recommended Judge Rob Finlayson sentence Brandon Bird to as much as nine months in jail, arguing he was part of a sequence of events that led to Peter Bird’s death.
"Peter Bird could have been pushed out the door and the door closed and locked," Laite said. "This is not a case of simple assault. The tragedy is that somebody died."
Brandon Bird’s actions can in no way be connected to Peter Bird’s death, said defence lawyer Scott Newman, who recommended his client be granted a conditional discharge.