Man sentenced to 11 years in prison
The Canadian Press – 22 September 2022 / 17:25 | History: 386638
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Alberta’s provincial flag flies on a flagpole in Ottawa, Monday, July 6, 2020. Grant Sneesby, who is 72, was sentenced Thursday to 11 years for killing an Indigenous woman in northern Alberta and later moving her body to Manitoba. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A man was sentenced Thursday to 11 years for killing an Indigenous woman in northern Alberta and later moving her body to Manitoba.
Grant Sneesby, 72, stabbed Gloria Gladue multiple times in October 2015 before destroying her cellphone, burning her clothes, wrapping her body in plastic and storing it in a trailer.
At his trial, the court heard that Sneesby at one point transported the body of the 44-year-old woman to Manitoba.
Gladue, a member of the Bigstone Cree Nation, was last seen in Wabasca, Alta., about 330 kilometers north of Edmonton, in October 2015 and reported missing by her family a month later.
Her remains were found in rural Manitoba nearly three years later by undercover RCMP officers.
In June, a jury convicted Sneesby of manslaughter instead of the original charge of second-degree murder. He had pleaded guilty to causing Gladue’s remains.
“This was a brutal and mindless killing,” Queen’s Bench Justice Paul Belzil said during the sentencing in Peace River, Alta. “Gloria Gladue’s life was senselessly ended by the actions of Mr. Sneesby.”
Sneesby was credited with seven years for his time in custody, leaving him with three years and 221 days left to serve.
In addition to his prison sentence, Sneesby has a lifetime weapons ban.