Jail for night-hunter who mistook friend for moose

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Dean Pritchard, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:02 AM ET

WINNIPEG - A Sagkeeng First Nation man who accidentally killed his friend has been sentenced to 13 months in jail and ordered to speak to high school students and other groups about the dangers of hunting at night.

The Crown had recommended Ramie Fontaine be sentenced to four years in prison, arguing night hunting remains far too common on many first nations and must be strongly deterred.

"In my view, personal deterrence is not a primary consideration," Justice Colleen Suche said. "I consider that Mr. Fontaine has truly come to understand the dangerous nature of what he was doing and he is not likely to repeat that behaviour or suggest that anyone else engage in it."

Fontaine, 30, previously pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm without a licence and using a firearm in the commission of an indictable offence in connection with the Jan. 7, 2010 death of 35-year-old Jason Guimond.


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