LETHBRIDGE: 28-year old Brandon James Brown has been sentenced to four years in prison for manslaughter, for his role in the beating death of 47-year old Michael Arthur Powell last summer.
After receiving a 911 call, police found the victim dead in a home in the 1200-block of 7th Avenue South July 24th, 2012. He had sustained numerous injuries including extensive head trauma, a ruptured stomach and significant bruising in the rib and kidney areas.
On the evening of July 23rd while Brown was visiting with Powell and another man, co-accused Kelsey Shane Prairie Chicken came in and accused Powell of being a pedophile. Prairie Chicken then told Brown to "mess him up", at which point Brown took off a shoe and hit Powell in the face and started to punch him. As the evening progressed, both Brown and Prairie Chicken attacked Powell, continuing to punch and kick him in the head. It was noted that after they left Prairie Chicken came back without Brown to continue the assault.
Following the series of beatings Powell's neighbour told him that he could spend the night. The neighbour reported seeing Powell lying on the floor at one point overnight, and that he found him in the same spot when he got up the next morning, at which point he called 911.
Brown's lawyer stated that while Powell and her client were good friends, Brown felt intimidated by Prairie Chicken and made a bad decision. She added that he suffers from FASD and an alcohol addiction.
Brown was given credit for time and a half served in pre-trial custody, taking his 12-months already served to 18-months. That leaves Brown with only 30-months left on his sentence.
Prairie Chicken was given six years for his role in the incident when he appeared in court earlier this month.