In a ruling applauded by everyone but the defense, Justice Kenneth Ball sentenced the young man who severed Michael Levy’s spinal cord to 10 years in jail- less time served- leaving an actual sentence of 8 years.
While he entered the courtroom with his identity still protected under the Youth Justice Act, that protection was stripped when he was sentenced as an adult. Enrique Quintana’s sentence was 4 years more than what the Crown had actually asked for, sending a clear message to the young man that the heinous actions he committed will not be tolerated. His attorney has said an appeal will be filed.
Congratulations, Justice Ball. Sounds like you actually reached down and found some. This sentence appears to be on the opposite end of the spectrum to those handed down to Levy’s other attackers. Perhaps in delivering this sentence, you will have now sent a message to this stunned young man that he will actually pay dearly for his actions. Enrique Quintana’s freedom is gone only for the next 8 years, unlike Michael Levy’s – his freedom was taken away forever by the attacker’s vicious and calculated actions. I would like to think that others may learn from this, but I doubt it. Not all Judges think along the same lines, some are bleeding hearts, some think we should be softer on kids, and will always rule within the confines of the Youth Justice Act. Leniency and forgiveness seem to be keystones of the highly ineffective Youth Justice Act, more so than punishment and actual justice. In order for justice to be served in this case, the offender had to be sentenced as an adult.
This link will bring you to the REASONS for SENTENCING regarding Enrique Quintana. The quiet and vicious malice this offender displayed the evening of the attack is truly frightening. It is to be noted that while he grew up in a home with domestic violence, he suffers no definate psychiatric disorder and refuses to discuss his involvement in the attack or his guilt or innocence. He feels no remorse for the consequences suffered by Michael Levy or for the attack- at least not the kind of remorse that would show his responsibility for his actions. He appears to be a truly violent and dangerous young man. Reading this document sent chills down my back. http://www.provincialcourt.bc.ca/judgments/pc/2008/00/p08_0017.htm
There is still more to this story. Tuan Minh Nguyen, the attacker who was caught laughing after receiving his sentence, will be back in court shortly following an appeal of the sentence ordered by Attorney General Wally Oppal. No wonder he was laughing, his conditional sentence was to be served at home, and honestly, it amounted to nothing more than being “grounded”. The reasons behind such a lenient sentence can be read here, and read as nothing more than a big sob story. http://www.provincialcourt.bc.ca/judgments/pc/2007/03/p07_0386.htm
I hope Tuan Minh Nguyen is worried right now. I bet he’s not laughing after seeing the sentence handed to one of his friends, knowing he was caught in a bad, bad, way, laughing in the face of punishment. Let us hope that some justice will actually be served when the Crowns appeal is heard for a stiffer sentence, one that actually constitutes punishment.
If you are as offended by the leniency and ineffectiveness of the Youth Justice Act as I am, don’t just sit back and complain, do something about it ! You can make a difference. Click on this link, and you will find out how you can help press for changes to the Act. https://lailayuile.wordpress.com/help-make-a-change-the-michael-levy-letter-writing-campaign/