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Man receives 5-year sentence for manslaughter in 2017 death northeast of Edmonton

RCMP investigate a double homicide in Chipman, Alta. Monday, April 3, 2017. Sarah Kraus, Global News

A man found guilty of manslaughter in the 2017 death of a man northeast of Edmonton has received a five-year sentence.

Raymond Nickerson was on trial for two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 39-year-old Terry Sutton and 40-year-old Jason Williams.

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The men, who were neighbours of Nickerson, were found fatally shot – one in the head, the other in the abdomen – in the village of Chipman, Alta., on April 2, 2017.

In January of this year, a jury found Nickerson not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Sutton. Nickerson was found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter in the death of Williams.

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The Crown told the jury the crime occurred after a dispute about fireworks the victims launched for Sutton’s wife’s birthday. At the beginning of the trial, Justice Eric Macklin said the defence would argue that Nickerson acted in self defence.

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Nickerson received credit of 154 days for time served. He also received a 10-year ban on owning firearms.

Chipman is located about 70 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

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