EDMONTON – The daughter of an Indigenous woman who was killed in a hotel room a decade ago says a judge’s resolution to sentence her mother’s killer to 12 1/2 years in penitentiary is a signal of justice.
However Cheyanne Gladue says the heartache from losing her mother, Cindy Gladue, will by no means swagger away.
“That will by no means change,” Gladue’s youngest daughter told media out of doorways then Edmonton courthouse on Tuesday.
“We want to thank each person who stood by us … and factual supported my mom and her hump.”
Courtroom of Queen’s Bench Justice Stephen Hillier said Ontario truck driver Bradley Barton will find credit for the days he has already spent in custody, so about 11 years remain in his sentence.
A jury found Barton guilty in February of manslaughter in the death of Gladue, 36, a Métis and Cree woman who died in Room 139 at the Yellowhead Inn in June 2011. Medical experts testified the mother of three had four times the legal restrict of alcohol in her machine when Barton left her in a bathtub where she bled to death.
Crown prosecutors argued that while Gladue was passed out, Barton performed a sexual act that caused a severe injure to her vagina and dumped her in the bath. A medical knowledgeable testified that had Gladue obtained immediate medical assist, she may have lived.
Barton’s lawyer, Dino Bottos, told media after the sentencing resolution that his client will probably be appealing his conviction within 30 days because “there are stable grounds of appeal.”
Bottos said one of the major reasons for the appeal is proof from Barton’s laptop search history showing that nine days ahead of Gladue was killed, Barton searched for graphic movies.
“To find as an aggravating factor that Mr. Barton knew he was going to harm Ms. Gladue based on his internet search history was unfair … The Crown put in his search phrases in the trial nevertheless didn’t put it in what he would’ve actually found.”
Barton testified during his trial that he had arranged to pay Gladue for a night of “tough sex” and was worried when he woke in the morning to find her dead.
Crown prosecutors had advised Barton be sentenced to between 18 and 20 years. The defence, saying the Crown did no longer demonstrate past a reasonable doubt that Barton intended to assassinate Gladue, had advised no more than nine years.
The judge said in his resolution that Barton “either intended or was aware of the real chance of critical bodily harm, and was reckless in the face of that real chance.”
He said the recklessness was glaring when Barton selected to leave Gladue in the bath the next morning and threw out a bloody towel and grabbed a coffee. Hillier added that he rejected what he called the self-serving stories Barton told at his trial to avoid accountability for the aggressive sexual assault that killed Gladue.
“No phrases can capture the tragedy and sorrow, particularly for the young family left all at once without a mother,” the judge said.
Inaugurate air the courthouse, Gladue’s mother echoed Hillier’s message.
“I handiest wished Barton would’ve gotten medical assist for her … maybe she would’ve been here today,” Donna McLeod said.
The family was finally able to bury Gladue last week in northern Alberta, she said.
“We took her house to Athabasca to be house along with her grandparents,” McLeod said. “I’d esteem to thank each person across Canada all over who supported us.”
It was the 2d trial for Barton.
A jury’s resolution in 2015 to find him no longer guilty of first-stage cancel sparked rallies and calls for justice for Indigenous ladies.
There was also outrage when Gladue’s preserved vaginal tissue was offered in courtroom during the first trial. She was also repeatedly referred to as a “native” and a “prostitute.”
The Alberta Courtroom of Appeal and later the Supreme Courtroom of Canada ordered a unique trial.
This epic by The Canadian Press was first published July 27, 2021.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press Information Fellowship.