Botched robbery: Delayed sentence for man convicted in Manitoba woman’s death

Jeanenne Chantel Fontaine died after being shot and being exposed to a fire on March 14. Three people have been arrested in connection to the homicide. Winnipeg Police Service Handout

The family of a Manitoba Indigenous woman killed during a botched robbery will have to wait more than a month to see the man convicted of killing her sentenced.

In January, a jury found Jason Meilleur guilty of manslaughter in the death of Jeanenne Fontaine.

Fontaine was shot and her Winnipeg home set on fire when three men came to her house to collect on a drug debt her boyfriend owed in 2017.

Fontaine was the cousin of Tina Fontaine, a teenager whose body was found three years earlier in the Red River, and whose death fuelled calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.

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Meilleur’s sentencing was to take place Thursday, but the defence argued it should not be rushed.

The Crown said the delay would be harmful to the victim’s family and friends.

The date was pushed back to April 18.

Two other men also have been convicted and sentenced in the woman’s death.

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