Nathan Joseph (30) entered a guilty plea on Thursday at Saskatoon’s Court of Queen’s Bench before a judge accepted a joint submission from the Crown and defence for a 12-year prison sentence.
He was one of two men charged for the killing of Dustin Boulet outside Bridges Bar on 22nd Street West in March 2014. Boulet was out celebrating his 29th birthday and was stabbed while trying to break up a fight, according to an agreed statement of facts in the case. He was one of three people stabbed. The other two survived.
Boulet’s family, many of whom read victim impact statements in court Thursday, were unhappy with Joseph’s plea and sentence.
Joseph, who also pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault in the stabbing of two of Boulet’s friends during the fight, entered a not guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge.
He was sentenced to 10 years for the manslaughter charge and one year for each of the aggravated assault offences — which works out to five years and eight months, after time served. He won’t be eligible for parole for five years, and if he is granted parole, he will be deported to Saint Lucia.