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Emotions run high as youth gets probation in deadly stabbing

Emotions ran high in a Chatham courtroom as the family of a Chatham teen killed in a violent encounter in October 2022 expressed frustration during a youth’s sentencing hearing Wednesday.

The male youth, who was 17 when the teen was stabbed to death in a drug deal gone bad involving four teens on Oct. 21, 2022, was originally charged with second-degree murder. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of possessing a dangerous weapon on Jan. 25.

Defence lawyer Frank Retar told court his client has expressed “he wished the this never occurred.”

A head injury suffered in a car crash when he was younger has affected the youth’s behaviour since, the lawyer noted.

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