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Manslaughter Sentence Begins For Farmer Who Chased Metty Hunter

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An Alberta farmer who chased two Métis men down a country road is due to appear in a courtroom in Edmonton on Friday to be sentenced.

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Roger Bilodeau was convicted by a jury on May 31 of two counts of manslaughter for his involvement in the deaths of Jacob Sansom and Maurice Cardinal. Bilodeau’s son Anthony, who has been convicted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the murders of Cardinal and Sansom respectively, is expected to face sentencing later this year.

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Alberta’s Metis Nation called the killing “a blatant example of the discrimination and disrespect experienced by many citizens, especially in that part of the state.”

Sansom, 39, and his uncle Cardinal, 57, were moose hunting near Glendon on March 27, 2020. At trial, Bilodeau and his son Joseph, then 16, said they feared the truck occupants were thieves. However, there was no intention of violence.

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Jake Sansom, 39, and his uncle Morris Cardinal, 57, were found dead of gunshot wounds on a country road near Glendon Saturday morning.
Jake Sansom, 39, and his uncle Morris Cardinal, 57, were found dead of gunshot wounds on a country road near Glendon Saturday morning. photo courtesy

During the chase, Roger Bilodeau called his eldest son Anthony, who lived on an adjacent farm, and asked him to bring him a rifle. He later told an RCMP officer that he believed “the sons of these hoodlums are coming to steal or do something.”

After reaching a speed of 152 km/h on a gravel road, Roger Bilodeau pulls in front of a Métis men’s pick-up to slow it down. Mr. and Mrs. Bilodeau claimed that when the vehicle came to a stop, Sansom smashed the passenger side window with his fist and tried to grab Joseph while yelling “Skin”.

Anthony then arrived and shot Sansom once in the chest before firing three shots at Cardinal, one of which shot him in the back. A firearm police found in the truck was unloaded and lying in the back seat.

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Mr. and Mrs. Bilodeau then left without calling the police. Anthony Bilodeau later lied to investigators that he destroyed the gun used in the shooting and had a rifle of that caliber.

During the trial, the defense tried to argue that the Bilodeau family was in a state of tension and that they acted in self-defense due to a spike in local property crime, but the Crown later claimed that both Roger and Anthony called police to report the break-in. He revealed that he had never called

Both Roger and Anthony Bilodeau’s sentencing hearings are expected to include statements on victim impact from loved ones in Sansom and Cardinal. not clarified.

There is no minimum sentence for manslaughter and the maximum sentence is life imprisonment.

Anthony Bilodeau’s sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin on November 17, 2022. Second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence with 10 years to 25 years of which he is eligible for parole.

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Manslaughter Sentence Begins For Farmer Who Chased Metty Hunter

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