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Crown appeals sentence of Ontario truck driver after death of woman in Edmonton hotel

Click to play video: 'Bradley Barton sentenced to 12.5 years for manslaughter death of Cindy Gladue' Bradley Barton sentenced to 12.5 years for manslaughter death of Cindy Gladue
An Edmonton judge has sentenced Ontario long-haul trucker Bradley Barton to 12.5 years behind bars. The decision comes 10 years and two trials after Cindy Gladue bled to death Barton's hotel bathtub. Fletcher Kent has more on the sentencing and why this case may still not be over – Jul 27, 2021

Editor’s note: This story originally stated Bradley Barton was appealing his sentence. In fact, the Crown is appealing the sentence. This story has been updated with the correct information.

WARNING: This story contains graphic details and disturbing content.

Crown prosecutors are appealing a 12 1/2-year sentence given to an Ontario truck driver found guilty in the killing of a woman in his Edmonton hotel room.

Bradley Barton was sentenced in July for manslaughter in the death of Cindy Gladue, a Metis and Cree woman who bled to death in a bathtub at the Yellowhead Inn in June 2011.

Read more: Alberta judge sentences trucker to 12 1/2 years in the death of Cindy Gladue

Medical experts testified the mother of three had four times the legal limit of alcohol in her system when Barton performed a sexual act that caused a severe wound to her vagina.

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It was the second trial for Barton after a jury found him not guilty in 2015 of first-degree murder in Gladue’s death, sparking rallies and calls for justice for Indigenous women across the country.

Read more: ‘Never meant to hurt this lady’: Man apologizes for woman’s death in Edmonton hotel

Both the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada ordered a new trial.

The Crown says in a notice of appeal that the trial judge in the second trial erred in his consideration of aggravating and mitigating factors and that 12 1/2 years is “demonstrably unfit.”

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