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Kelowna judge to sentence teen for house party death

04/16/2013 06:48 EDT | Updated 06/16/2013 05:12 EDT
A 19-year-old West Kelowna woman is due to be sentenced in court after she stabbed another teenaged girl to death at a house party almost three years ago.

Roughly 60 friends and relatives of Ashlee Hyatt have packed a Kelowna courtroom, awaiting the sentence against the teen, convicted of manslaughter last November.

She cannot be named because she was a minor at the time of the stabbing in Peachland, west of Kelowna, in June 2010. Both girls were 16 years old.

The Crown is asking that she be sentenced as a youth, which brings a maximum sentence of two years in custody and one year under supervision.

The Crown says she has shown sympathy for Hyatt's family and has sought counselling.

Speaking in court, Charrie Hyatt, Ashlee's mother, described the day of the stabbing as the worst of her life.

Her father said he still hadn't recovered, and that his family would never be the same.

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