LETHBRIDGE: 29-year old Cody Blue Favel of Lethbridge received a sentence of 14-years in prison Friday afternoon in Lethbridge court, for our city's first ever reported double homicide.
Last November he pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter, admitting that in May of 2012 he fatally stabbed 30-year old Aaron Louis Thacker and 35-year old Marty Leon Steele in a north side park, following a drug deal gone bad.
Just after midnight on May 13th of 2012, Favel used his girlfriends cellphone to agree to sell drugs to two men. Favel met the men, who tests showed were heavily intoxicated at the time, at the Adams park. One of the victims sampled the cocaine and said it wasn't good enough. Steele then tried to punch Favel, which prompted Favel to stab him in the chest with a kitchen knife he had brought with him. Favel then stabbed Thacker seven times, took his wallet with $200 cash in it and left. On his way home he tossed the knife and wallet, both of which were recovered by police.
While the Crown and defence presented a joint submission to the judge, recommending 13 to 15-years, defence lawyer Greg White suggested that his client should serve closer to the low ended of the range. He stated that Favel's aboriginal heritage should be a major factor. He stated that the "victimization of aboriginal people" was partly to blame, referring to the Gladue Principle, which states that the court must take into account special cultural considerations when dealing with aboriginal offenders. White also explained that Favel's mother disappeared when he was two and his father did little to support him when he was taken in by his grandparents.
In court Favel had an opportunity to address the room and stated, "I'm sorry for what I've done, I don't expect you guys to accept it, I don't expect you guys to feel sorry for me, I just hope this gives you some closure."
Outside the courthouse the families of the two victims were visibly upset by the sentence. Lillian Steele stated, "14-years is a slap on the wrist". Thacker's brother Robert was much more blunt, "Very frustrated, it's a joke, this whole justice system is a joke. He goes out and kills two people and gets 14-years and laughs as he walks out the courtroom, how's that look...I don't even know what to say I'm so angry. It's sickening, I'm sick."
As part of Favel's sentence he won't be eligible for parole until the half way point of his sentence, which is in seven years. He also gets credit for 309 days already served in pre-trial custody.