LETHBRIDGE: Almost one year after a Fort Macleod boy was sentenced for murdering his mother with an axe in May of 2009, Lethbridge court got an update on his treatment.
The boy, who was 17 at the time of the killing, was sentenced to stay at the Alberta Hospital in Edmonton so he could receive extensive psychiatric treatment.
Tuesday the boy's lawyer Steve Virk explained that medical staff have seen steady improvement from his client, and that they're having fewer problems.
Virk also noted that should the boy continue to make progress, they could begin talking about helping him make the transition back into the public. He explained that it would start by having the boy go back into youth jail for a period, before he would be released from custody.
May 4th, 2009 the boy's mother was found murdered and her son quickly became the primary suspect. Then, just a few months later on September 30th, he pleaded guilty, admitting to striking her in the head with an axe six times, before stabbing her repeatedly, and wrapping her body in a blanket and throwing her down the stairs.
The Crown initially stated that they were looking for an adult sentence, however after two reports stating that the boy would benefit from an Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision sentence, they agreed.
The sentence does fall into the youth category, meaning the boy can not be named.