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Corey and Cody Manyshots will have to wait another three months before they learn their sentence for the kidnapping and repeated rape of a Calgary teen.
It’s been nearly three years since the brutal attack. Sentencing has been delayed several times.
On Thursday, court heard psychiatric assessments did not address how extreme fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) impacted the commission of the brutal crimes.
Watch below from June 2017: As Nancy Hixt reports, almost two years after pleading guilty to kidnapping and raping a 17-year-old girl, two brothers are being sent for testing to determine if they should be found “not criminally responsible.”
The assessments ordered in June were to determine if the FASD would have any impact on their criminal responsibility or whether they should be deemed not criminally responsible (NCR) on account of a mental disorder.
“There’s nothing before me that says the accused failed to appreciate that his acts were morally wrong,” Provincial Court Judge Terry Semenuk said.
But defence for both Corey, 28, and Cody, 24, said there should be reduced moral blameworthiness considering their developmental delays.
Mitch Stephensen is defence for Corey and told court his client needs structure.
“He needs supervision, that’s for sure,” Stephensen said.
He said Corey has an IQ of 46 and said “that brings him within the bottom 0.1 per cent of the general population.”
Stephensen suggested a sentence of two years followed by three years probation, which would be after enhanced 1.5 credit for time already served.
Alain Hepner represents Cody. He suggested a term of five years in prison after enhanced credit for time served.
“We can’t put people with FASD in prison forever,” Hepner said.
Hepner said prenatal alcohol consumption along with the upbringing of the brothers needs to be considered.
He said Cody was left to his own devices at an early age and began using crack and amphetamines as a teenager.
“These two men fell through the cracks of life. They didn’t stand a chance when they were born.”
Judge Semenuk agreed that the circumstances are unique.
“I’ve never seen a case like this before,” he said. “How on earth could there be any proper community supervision when the accused is released?”
The Crown suggested a lengthy prison term would be appropriate, asking for 12 years.
“We know both of these offenders have limited insight, limited impulse control. We have reason to be concerned,” prosecutor Jonathan Hak said. “One way to manage the risk is to keep them in for as long as possible.”
Hak noted there is no connection between the FASD and other mental disabilities and the offences committed.
“We cannot say that people that have these deficits will kidnap and rape young girls at random,” Hak added.
Angelena Manyshots, Corey and Cody’s mother, also addressed the court.
“I would like to help my sons any way I can,” she said.
“I really love my sons.”
In October 2015, the brothers pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexual assault in the case.
The horrific attack happened in November 2014; details are documented in an agreed statement of facts.
Watch below from 2015: Cody and Corey Manyshots made surprise guilty pleas in a horrifying case of abuse. The brothers admit to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a young girl in November 2014. Global’s Nancy Hixt reports. Warning: The details may be disturbing.
A Grade 12 student was waiting for a bus after watching movies at a friend’s house when the brothers grabbed her and forced her into a nearby alley. Corey smashed her phone.
Each took a turn raping and sodomizing her; Corey forced her to perform oral sex.
They then took her to their Martindale home, where she was again repeatedly raped by both brothers.
It was only when they fell asleep that the girl took a chance to escape.
Once she was out of the house, she wrote details on her hand, including the address, the name “Cody” and several words, including “native” and “black and red shovel.”
She took two buses and a CTrain to get home, where she was able to have her mother take her to the police.
The girl took investigators to the area where she was kidnapped, as well as to the home where she was held captive.
She picked both Corey and Cody out of separate photo lineups. On Corey’s photo she wrote: “This is the man.” On his brother’s photo, she wrote: “Cody.”
Judge Semenuk will hand down his sentence Jan. 26, 2018.