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Whitford handed eight year sentence with time served credit for 2017 toddler death

The man convicted in connection to the death of an infant in Cold Lake will serve three and a half more years in jail. On Tuesday Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Stephen Hillier handed out a sentence of eight years with credit for four and a half years time served to 38-year-old Sherman Whitford.

Whitford was originally facing a charge of second-degree murder in the 2017 death of 16-month-old Veronica Poitras but was instead found guilty of manslaughter in a St. Paul courtroom back in 2019. The sentencing was originally supposed to be done in March but saw delays due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Crown as well as defence lawyers reportedly mutually agreed to the four and a half years credit of time served, including what they call “enhanced credit” for time Whitford served in solitary confinement.

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