It’s the thing that bothers me most about the Canadian justice system.
It’s far too soft.
Especially when it comes to the ultimate crime.
The news should be shocking, but sadly, it’s not.
The latest accused Winnipeg killer has a previous homicide on his esteemed record.
On Saturday, June 8th, 2019 the Winnipeg Police Service released information regarding the stabbing death of a man later identified as Robert Christian Donaldson (51) of Winnipeg.
The previous day, at approximately 8:45 a.m., WPS officers responded to a report of a fight involving several men at the intersection of Sherbrook Street and Sara Avenue. Upon arrival, police found Donaldson suffering from a stab wound to his upper body.
Officers administered 1st aid and rushed him to hospital.
Unfortunately, he died from his injuries.
Police subsequently identified the alleged killer as Rodney Byron Williams (31) of Winnipeg.
Williams was charged with;
- 2nd degree murder
- assault with a weapon x 2
He was detained in custody.
The story only gets more tragic.
Williams is not a first time killer.
In 2006, Williams was charged with 2nd degree murder in connection with the death of a man identified as Leslie Moneas (24) from the Hollow Water First Nation.
The cause of death, stabbing, of course.
In fact, Williams stabbed Moneas five times, including four times in the back.
In 2009, the Crown and Defence pitched a joint recommendation for an 18 year sentence for a reduced charge of manslaughter.
Queens Bench Justice Glenn Joyal accepted the plea bargain, why wouldn’t he, after all, an 18 year sentence is no joke, or is it?
Enter soft Canadian justice.
Joyal couldn’t sentence Williams until he did that fuzzy math thing that drives police officers crazy.
He had to give Williams “credit” for his pretrial custody.
As Williams had done three (3) years in custody prior to being sentenced, all for reasons attributed to his own criminal behaviour of course, he was eligible to receive pretrial custody credit assessed at a 2 – 1 discount.
The total sentence reduction amounted to six (6) years.
Time left to be served – twelve (12) years.
I know what you’re thinking, if Williams got a twelve (12) year sentence in 2009, shouldn’t he still be in jail?
The answer is no, at least not in accordance with today’s criminal “justice” standards.
Criminal offenders like Williams don’t only get a sentence discount on the front end, they also benefit from sentence reductions on the back end, courtesy of our the Parole Board of Canada.
The fact Williams had a criminal record consisting of nineteen (19) other criminal convictions, which included three (3) for assault, one (1) for assault cause bodily harm and one (1) for assaulting a police officer, was of no consequence.
Parole documents indicate Williams received a statutory release on October 4, 2017.
It seems that statutory release was essentially a death sentence for Robert Christian Donaldson.
Incredibly enough, Parole Board conditions to abstain from alcohol & drugs and not to associate with criminals did little to mitigate the risk Williams posed to public safety.
It’s just another tragic tale of an innocent Canadian citizen getting killed by a criminal offender who had no reasonable, logical or defendable right to the freedom he enjoyed on the day he decided to play God with another human beings life.
The most disturbing thing of all might be the fact that, at only 31 years of age, Williams is young enough to do his time, gain back his freedom and kill yet again.
That would put him in that elite homicide trifecta club.