Lisa Brule and Jordan Nande were sentenced to 10 months in jail for their involvement in the murder of Breanna Menacho.
The sentence was delivered by Justice Karan Shaner at the Yellowknife courthouse on Wednesday. Nande, 24, was in attendance for the sentencing, while Brule, 21, appeared by video from the Fort Smith Correctional Complex.
On Monday, the pair pled guilty to being accessories after the fact to the murder — to helping Menacho’s accused murdered, Devon Larabie, evade police.
The Criminal Code of Canada writes that “every one who is an accessory after the fact to murder is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life.”
However, Justice Shaner says she took into account the role the pair played in the incident, the difficult upbringing for both and their insignificant criminal background.
The pair were also sentenced to 24 months of probation.
Due to time served, Brule has finished her 10 month sentence and immediately begins her probation period. Nande has served about seven months of his jail sentence.
Justice Shaner also talked about the impact the incident had on Menacho’s family.
“I’m truly sorry for your loss,” Justice Shaner said to the family members. “The effect has been profound.”
Menacho was found dead in a Yellowknife apartment on May 6.
Shaner says after hearing the victim impact statements, she recognizes Menacho was a “bright light” to those who knew her.
Certain details of the sentencing are covered by a temporary publication ban.
CBC challenged the publication ban Wednesday morning and the verdict is expected to be given before Dec. 18.