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Crown seeking up to 20-year sentence for 2011 killing of Cindy Gladue

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EDMONTON —
Crown prosecutors are seeking a sentence of between 18 and 20 years for an Ontario truck driver convicted of killing a woman who bled to death in an Edmonton hotel room. 

In February, Bradley Barton, 52, was found guilty of manslaughter in the 2011 death of Cindy Gladue, a 36-year-old Métis and Cree woman.

Her body was found in a bathtub in Barton’s hotel room at the Yellowhead Inn in June 2011. Court heard she bled to death after a wound to her vagina.

​At trial, Crown prosecutors argued Barton caused the fatal wound when he sexually assaulted Gladue. Defence lawyer Dino Bottos argued Barton and Gladue had engaged in consensual sex acts.

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On Monday, court heard a number of victim impact statements, written by members of Gladue’s family but read out by a family friend.

“Barton killed my cousin in a way that shocked the entire nation,” read a statement from Gladue’s cousin April Dustyhorn. 

“He left her alone, writhing in that bathtub.” 

“You tore her body apart from the inside. A pain no woman should have to endure,” read a statement from Prairie Adaoui, another of Gladue’s cousins. 

“Our world is a much less kind and beautiful place without her.” 

Prosecutors also argued for Barton to be registered as a sex offender for life as a well as for a prohibition on owning firearms.

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The Crown is scheduled to continue its submissions later this afternoon. The defence is expected to make its sentencing submissions later today or early Tuesday.

Barton, a truck driver from Mississauga, Ont., has been tried twice in connection with Gladue’s death. A jury found him not guilty in 2015 of first-degree murder.

The acquittal sparked rallies and calls for justice for Indigenous women across the country.

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

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