Teen who stabbed girlfriend 104 times gets life sentence


SLM
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Teen who stabbed girlfriend 104 times gets life sentence
By QMI Agency

A Nova Scotia teenager who stabbed his girlfriend 104 times has been sentenced to life in prison.
Melvin Skeete Jr., now 18, was 16 when he stabbed his girlfriend Brittany Green to death in 2010.
Because Skeete was sentenced as an adult, a publication ban on his name was lifted. Judge Anne Derrick also lifted the publication ban on Green's name.
He was found guilty of second-degree murder in August.
Skeete will eligible for parole in five years, because he's already served two years.
When he left the courtroom after sentencing, Skeete reportedly said "f--k the judge, f--k the police, f--k the system."


During his trial, he said he didn't remember stabbing the girl because he'd been popping prescription pills and doing shots of moonshine that day.
"I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that he intended to kill the victim, an intent he formed notwithstanding his intoxicated condition," the judge said.



Teen who stabbed girlfriend 104 times gets life sentence - Crime - Canoe.ca


You know, you read the title of the article and think "Aha, finally. Strong sentence for a severe crime!". And then you read
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Skeete will eligible for parole in five years, because he's already served two years.

Maybe he should try these words of remorse and contrition at his parole hearing.


Quote:

"f--k the judge, f--k the police, f--k the system."

This guy could very well be out sooner than the ten year old that shot his abusive, violent father in California. Does that seem off to anyone else?
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Teen who stabbed girlfriend 104 times gets life sentence
By QMI Agency
A Nova Scotia teenager who stabbed his girlfriend 104 times has been sentenced to life in prison.
Melvin Skeete Jr., now 18, was 16 when he stabbed his girlfriend Brittany Green to death in 2010.
Because Skeete was sentenced as an adult, a publication ban on his name was lifted. Judge Anne Derrick also lifted the publication ban on Green's name.
He was found guilty of second-degree murder in August.
Skeete will eligible for parole in five years, because he's already served two years.
When he left the courtroom after sentencing, Skeete reportedly said "f--k the judge, f--k the police, f--k the system."
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The kid is a brat no doubt, if he can't be rehabillitated, he's likely to be a burden on the taxpayer for a long time. An anger management course might be a good start. As a juvenile I would think he should do at the very least ten years, before there is ANY eligibility for parole! If I was the judge I probably would have doubled the sentence after his outburst!
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

The kid is a brat no doubt, if he can't be rehabillitated, he's likely to be a burden on the taxpayer for a long time. An anger management course might be a good start. As a juvenile I would think he should do at the very least ten years, before there is ANY eligibility for parole! If I was the judge I probably would have doubled the sentence after his outburst!

Juxtapose it with the 12 year old boy in California who, granted is going to a juvenile detention facility whereas this guy is going to adult prison, still won't see freedom for 11 years. This guy, while it's not guaranteed, is eligible for parole after 5 years. Both have taken a life. Compare back stories, "reasons", situations. Is something not rotten in the state of Denmark?

I know we're talking about different justice systems, different countries but still, food for thought.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Juxtapose it with the 12 year old boy in California who, granted is going to a juvenile detention facility whereas this guy is going to adult prison, still won't see freedom for 11 years. This guy, while it's not guaranteed, is eligible for parole after 5 years. Both have taken a life. Compare back stories, "reasons", situations. Is something not rotten in the state of Denmark?

I know we're talking about different justice systems, different countries but still, food for thought.

Yep, I think both the U.S. and Canada could both move toward a "happy medium" where sentencing for crimes is concerned!
 
earth_as_one
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If he committed this crime in Saudi Arabia, he'd have been beheaded by now.

Saudi Arabia has beheaded a Sri Lankan domestic worker for killing a baby in her care in 2005 in a case that has been widely condemned by rights groups. The maid, Rizana Nafeek, had denied killing the four-month-old boy. Her supporters say she was only 17 at the time of the killing.
BBC News - Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek beheaded in Saudi Arabia

Fact is he committed the crime in Canada and Canadian law applies.

Also I agree with giving judges leeway to use their judgement.

...Derrick had to determine whether Skeete would be sentenced as an adult and receive a life sentence with parole eligibility after serving seven years — his parole eligibility began at the date of his incarceration, just over two years ago — or a youth sentence of four years in custody and three years under community supervision. She noted Skeete had taken some positive steps while detained at the Waterville youth facility, including undergoing substance abuse and anger management programs, and pursuing his high school education.

“However, despite Melvin’s steps in the right direction, his willingness to engage in addressing his deeply rooted issues, I am unable to find in the evidence a basis for being satisfied that he can be held to account under a youth sentence,” Derrick said.

It took Derrick more than two hours to read her 55-page decision.
The court had heard that Skeete had significant anti-social behaviour and mental health issues dating back to early childhood and began abusing drugs as early as age 12. He was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he stabbed Green to death. Derrick ruled that a youth sentence wouldn’t allow enough time to rehabilitate Skeete. Under a youth sentence, in four years he would be released into the community under conditions that failed to manage his behaviour in the past. His premature release into the community would heighten the potential for Skeete relapsing into behaviour and choices that would put the public at risk, she said.

“To be satisfied that a youth sentence will have sufficient length to hold Melvin to account, I would have to have confidence that his rehabilitation can be achieved in the time available — seven years,” Derrick said...

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A horrific crime, but young people are considered redeemable. No sentence could return the victim to her family or heal their pain.
 
Sal
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I won't have a problem paroling murders within five/seven years right after we learn to resurrect the victims.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

I won't have a problem paroling murders within five/seven years right after we learn to resurrect the victims.

Good thought, now why couldn't I have thought of that?-
 
Sal
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And to add to that, if we are going to let murders out after five years, we'd best fix them first rather than punish them to such a degree that they come out amongst us as angry, bitter and unable to function within our society.

Maybe that is one of the justifications for shorter sentencing, inability to become a decent functioning citizen when incarcerated for too long. Beats me. He took a young life, he'd best be able to contribute in a BIG way or to me.... meh, I'd best not voice my next thought.
 
earth_as_one
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I wouldn't presume to understand this case as well as the Judge who wrote a 55 page judgement.

I don't think any punishment fitting this crime is possible. Her judgement appears to be about the criminal's possible redemption. My problem with this sentence is that this young person will serve time with adults. This young person is likely to experience assault and rape while in prison. IMO, that experience would increase the likelihood that this person will still be a risk to society when they have finally done their time. A juvenile facility has better counseling services. If we are going to release young people after shorter sentences, then their time in prison should be focused on rehabilitation, instead of just counting the days as they pass while training to become a better criminal. That means they should be treated differently than adult criminals who are beyond redemption.
 
Serryah
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I think right I might have been "okay, give him a chance" up to the point where he said : "f--k the judge, f--k the police, f--k the system." This kid has no respect and the moment that outburst was heard the Judge should have held him in contempt and revoked that two year served from his sentence.

He's 18; I don't care how bad his childhood was, after two years he should understand now just how serious a crime he did and show at least some respect if not remorse.

This kid gets out he probably won't be long before he goes back in, wasting our money and time.
 
taxslave
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We don't have a justice system. What we have is a catch and release system that is open to abuse and does little to protect the innocent but puts millions of tax dollars in the pockets of high paid lawyers, judges, police, social workers. Just consider it job security for public employees because that is the only security in the system.
 
Walter
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Good thing he didn't have a gun. Bloody NRA.
 
Nuggler
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"Skeete will eligible for parole in five years, because he's already served two years.""

Seven years for murder.

Way to go judge.

F... the police.........???......etc!!!

True Canadian justice.

We stand on guard for fukk all.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

"Skeete will eligible for parole in five years, because he's already served two years.""

Seven years for murder.

Way to go judge.

F... the police.........???......etc!!!

True Canadian justice.

We stand on guard for fukk all.

and at 104 stabs you wouldn't say he was filled with much rage... hope he moves into their neighbourhood
 
JLM
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Whatever else his sentence includes, it definitely should include lots of hard labour, preferably next to a big mean bastard with a whip. Know when I get mad a few hours on the wood pile tends to simmer me down! - A course in using respectful language to one's superiors might be in order too. -
 
karrie
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Skeete... now that's a tough handle to have in prison. (Urban dictionary 'skeet' for yourselves if you don't get it, so I don't tick Andem off with the vulgarity of it).
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by karrieView Post

Skeete... now that's a tough handle to have in prison. (Urban dictionary 'skeet' for yourselves if you don't get it, so I don't tick Andem off with the vulgarity of it).

lol @ karrie

Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Good thing he didn't have a gun. Bloody NRA.

damn right, he was not stable
 
earth_as_one
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Quote: Originally Posted by SerryahView Post

I think right I might have been "okay, give him a chance" up to the point where he said : "f--k the judge, f--k the police, f--k the system." This kid has no respect and the moment that outburst was heard the Judge should have held him in contempt and revoked that two year served from his sentence.

He's 18; I don't care how bad his childhood was, after two years he should understand now just how serious a crime he did and show at least some respect if not remorse.

This kid gets out he probably won't be long before he goes back in, wasting our money and time.

Confirming he still has anger management problems and still doesn't understand the seriousness of his crime.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by earth_as_oneView Post

Confirming he still has anger management problems and still doesn't understand the seriousness of his crime.

and needs a serious evaluation to determine if he is a psychopath and if he is...no release just a transfer
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

Yep, I think both the U.S. and Canada could both move toward a "happy medium" where sentencing for crimes is concerned!

A happy medium?! What would the happy medium be in these cases?
 
earth_as_one
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

and needs a serious evaluation to determine if he is a psychopath and if he is...no release just a transfer

If he is a psychopath, it might explain his behavior. However many psychopaths are functioning, contributing members of society. Some are CEOs or large corporations. (Psychopaths tend to rise to the top in a dog eat dog capitalist society because they tend to be ruthless.)

Lacking a sense of empathy for others (psychopath) combined with a blatant disregard for the consequences of actions can lead to deadly consequences. Based on the excessive number of times the youth stabbed his victim, I'd say he also has severe anger management and rage problems. A maximum security mental institution where he would be held until a qualified expert deems him safe to release might have been a better judgement. But the judge determined that a prison for adults was the correct venue for his rehabilitation.

Judges should be free to exercise judgement without political interference.
 
L Gilbert
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Have to wonder what kind of delusional world judges live in.
 
#juan
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I'm rather surprised about the sentence. The guy is an obvious loonie. He stabbed the girl a hundred and four times. This sort of crime
would usually get a guy sententenced to life without parole to a mental institution. I know he was charged with second degree murder but
seven years minus time served does not fit the crime. The stupid judge had no idea.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by earth_as_oneView Post

If he is a psychopath, it might explain his behavior. However many psychopaths are functioning, contributing members of society. Some are CEOs or large corporations. (Psychopaths tend to rise to the top in a dog eat dog capitalist society because they tend to be ruthless.)

True, statistically it is only a small percentage of psychopaths that actually kill. Most walk amoung us unidentified for the most part because they lead perfectly average lives.

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Judges should be free to exercise judgement without political interference.

Absolutely.
 
WLDB
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Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

seven years minus time served does not fit the crime. The stupid judge had no idea.

That doesnt necessarily mean he'll get out then. He could potentially be in there for decades or perhaps life if the parole board does not think he should be released.
 
karrie
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Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

I'm rather surprised about the sentence. The guy is an obvious loonie. He stabbed the girl a hundred and four times. This sort of crime
would usually get a guy sententenced to life without parole to a mental institution. I know he was charged with second degree murder but
seven years minus time served does not fit the crime. The stupid judge had no idea.

He was sentenced to life, not to seven years.

I just want to clarify that allowing parole is not the same as saying that is his sentence. The judge is placing faith in the parole board to do their job now, and not let him out unless he miraculously ends up rehabilitated.
 
PoliticalNick
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Quote: Originally Posted by karrieView Post

He was sentenced to life, not to seven years.

I just want to clarify that allowing parole is not the same as saying that is his sentence. The judge is placing faith in the parole board to do their job now, and not let him out unless he miraculously ends up rehabilitated.

In our wonderful, most liberal Canada even a life sentence without parole only means 25 years. I think life should mean life like it does down south. In the US life without parole means you get out in a pine box.

I could see giving him some chance to rehabilitate and get out but if wins on his first try he will only be 23 with his whole life ahead of him while her parents and siblings have a lifetime of being scarred and missing her.

Seven years total is ludicrous....I have socks older than that, and something greenish in a tupperware container in the back of the fridge about that age too
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

A happy medium?! What would the happy medium be in these cases?

Bullet in the head instead of hanging or lethal injection.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by karrieView Post

He was sentenced to life, not to seven years.

I just want to clarify that allowing parole is not the same as saying that is his sentence. The judge is placing faith in the parole board to do their job now, and not let him out unless he miraculously ends up rehabilitated.

Honestly how much faith do you have in the parole board?

Being honest myself, I don't have a hell of a lot.

Quote: Originally Posted by PoliticalNickView Post

Seven years total is ludicrous....I have socks older than that, and something greenish in a tupperware container in the back of the fridge about that age too

You should probably throw that out.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Honestly how much faith do you have in the parole board?

Being honest myself, I don't have a hell of a lot.

That is the release part of the caaatch & release program.
 

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