A Manitoba judge says a man was justified in trying to defend himself from a late-night intruder, but sentenced him to jail time for killing the intruder when he took that defence too far.
Dakota Pratt, 28, was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison, after a jury at Brandon’s Court of Queen’s Bench found him guilty in April of manslaughter in the attack that killed Vincent Bunn.
Court heard Bunn, 21, entered Pratt’s home on the Birdtail Sioux First Nation, about 115 kilometres northwest of Brandon, Man., in the early morning of Sept. 2, 2016.
Pratt, who was asleep in a basement bedroom, awoke to a “feeling of being stabbed” in the head, court heard. He got up and found a knife-wielding intruder in his room and — not knowing who the person was — chased him into the hallway.
“Mr. Pratt was the victim of an unprovoked assault … and knew he was in a struggle for his own life,” Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Cummings said in his sentencing decision.