June 4, 2012 7:56 AM MT
An Alberta woman who drowned her two sons in February 2010 was sentenced to six years in custody on Monday.
Justice Michelle Crighton said Allyson McConnell must spend more time in custody for drowning Connor, 2, and 10-month-old Jayden in the bathtub of their Millet, Alta., home during a bitter divorce battle with her husband.
McConnell was convicted in April of manslaughter which carries a penalty anywhere from probation to life in prison.
Crown prosecutor Gordon Hatch wanted McConnell to serve 12 years in prison, with three years credit for the time served in a psychiatric hospital.
During the trial, he argued McConnell killed her boys at the family home as revenge against her husband, Curtis McConnell, who had refused permission to let her return to her native Australia with the boys.
But the defence said McConnell’s mind was so clouded by booze, sleeping pills and severe depression that she could not have formed the intent required to convict her of second-degree murder.
Lawyer Peter Royal believed she should not have to serve any more time in custody.
Royal hopes McConnell will be allowed to go back to Australia to serve any sentence the judge decides.
The Crown is appealing McConnell’s manslaughter conviction, believing McConnell should have been convicted of second-degree murder.
It believes Crighton erred in the analysis of expert evidence and in the consideration of whether McConnell could form the intent to kill her sons.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
117455 433655533 60
his path of destiny = 60 = [Parents] divorce.
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