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B.C. Interior manslaughter sentencing set 7 months from now

Waylon Harry, 25, was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Kendra Samson, 19,
David Sampson wears a T-shirt in honour of his great niece, Kendra Samson, who died on Dec. 20, 2021. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

The community of Esk’et will find out in seven months from now the sentence of Waylon Harry, who was convicted last month of manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Kendra Samson.

A sentencing hearing for Harry is scheduled for Nov. 12, 2024, in Williams Lake.

The BC Prosecution Service confirmed Nov. 12 was the eariest date all parties were available – the court, and both defence counsel and Crown counsel.

Harry, 25, was charged with second degree murder in Samson’s death on Dec. 21, 2021, at Esk’et, south of Williams Lake Supreme Court, but was found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter by BC Supreme Court Madame Justice Marguerite Church on Friday, April 26, 2024.

An autopsy showed ligature strangulation as the cause of Samson’s death inside the home Harry shared with his mom.

Church, in reading out her decision, said she agreed Harry had committed an unlawful act and that the unlawful act caused Samson’s death. But due to Harry’s level of intoxication, as well as the level of Samson’s intoxication, she did not believe Harry had the intent required to be found guilty of murder.

Harry remains in custody.

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Monica Lamb-Yorski

About the Author: Monica Lamb-Yorski

A B.C. gal, I was born in Alert Bay, raised in Nelson, graduated from the University of Winnipeg, and wrote my first-ever article for the Prince Rupert Daily News.
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