Hyatt killer appeals sentence

Ashlee Hyatt - Contributed
Ashlee Hyatt
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The young woman convicted of killing Ashlee Hyatt three years ago has appealed her sentence.
The Court of Appeal was scheduled to hear the woman’s case in Vancouver on Wednesday, four months after she was sent to jail in connection to Hyatt’s death.
The woman, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was convicted of manslaughter by a jury in November 2012 and in April was sentenced to nine months in jail and another 27 months under conditions in the community.
The total length of the sentence is three years, which is the maximum for a youth sentence.
Ashlee Hyatt was 16 when she was fatally wounded by the then 16-year-old accused at a drunken house party in Peachland on June 2, 2010.
The altercation happened after Hyatt and another girl confronted the accused about her allegedly cheating on her boyfriend, the court heard at trial last year.
The altercation became physical and Hyatt was wounded twice in the head area. The second wound severed an artery and proved to be fatal.
The trial judge found that the act was not premeditated or planned and the knife used in the stabbing had come from the house where the party happened.
The girl’s sentence, which is being appealed, was one of nine months in custody and a nine month community supervision order, followed by 18 months of probation.
Results of the appeal hearing could not be confirmed at press deadline.
By Cheryl Wierda, Capital News contributor
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