A Shoal Lake First Nation man was sentenced to life in prison, with no eligibility for parole for 20 years, for second-degree murder in connection with the death of Ashley Smith of Naicatchewenin First Nation just over two years ago.
Bronson Green appeared before Justice G.P. Smith of the Ontario Superior Court for sentencing Friday morning, at which time court heard impact statements from the victim’s family members as well as a statement from Green made to her family and friends.
In agreement with a joint submission from defence lawyer David Gibson and Crown Attorneys Dan Mitchell and Robert “Buster” Young, Justice Smith then sentenced Green to life in prison, with no eligibility for parole for 20 years.
Justice Smith also sentenced Green to three years, to be served concurrently, for a charge of unlawfully entering a dwelling (home) and 61 days, to be served concurrently, for a charge of breach of probation.
He also is prohibited for life from having weapons, firearms and ammunition, and must provide a DNA sample for analysis.
Green was to stand trial in late September, but instead plead guilty to the murder charge on Sept. 24, when a date was set for sentencing.
Green was charged by Treaty #3 Police after Smith’s body was found in the bush near the main community road on Naicatchewenin in the early-morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007.