Woman sentenced in stabbing death

The 21-year-old woman charged with manslaughter in connection with the stabbing death of a local teen last July was sentenced to one-year probation here Monday afternoon after plea-bargaining her charge down to being a party to an assault with a weapon.
Tara George of Thunder Bay also was given a 10-year prohibition from possessing any weapons, Crown Attorney Robert “Buster” Young said.
“Basically, she’d been charged with manslaughter, not as the perpetrator of the offence, but as being party of a party that led to the crime,” he noted.
On July 31, Nathan Edward McDonald, 16, was stabbed at a party around 3 a.m. in the backyard of 1024 Webster Ave., part of an apartment complex on the corner of Webster and Sixth Street West.
He died in hospital later.
Joseph Francis Terriault, 22, was sentenced to six years in jail Nov. 7 after pleading guilty to manslaughter in connection with McDonald’s death.
He also was given a lifetime prohibition from possessing any weapons.
Young said evidence showed George handed Terriault the knife he used to stab McDonald, thus substantiating the charge she pleaded guilty to.
“But there’s also testimony that said she tried to pull [Terriault] away. The evidence isn’t clear as to what her role was,” Young added.
“It’s clear she was involved. It’s not clear she was directly responsible in Nathan McDonald’s death,” he reiterated.
George initially was charged with manslaughter in connection with McDonald’s death Nov. 4 in Thunder Bay.
Terriault was arrested and charged July 31. After an intense search, an OPP K-9 unit helped officers nab him in front of the Fort Frances Courthouse shortly after 9 a.m. that day.
No one else has been charged in connection to McDonald’s death, Young said.