12/09/2014 02:08 EST | Updated 02/08/2015 05:59 EST

Pair Sentenced To 9 Years In Beating Death Of Tina Fontaine's Dad


A Manitoba judge has sentenced two men to nine years behind bars each for manslaughter in the beating death of Eugene Fontaine, the father of Tina Fontaine.

Jonathan Starr and Nicholas Abraham had pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Fontaine, 41, who was found behind a garden shed in the Sagkeeng First Nation, northeast of Winnipeg, on Oct. 31, 2011.

With time already served, the men will have to serve another four years and three months, the CBC's Caroline Barghout reported from the Winnipeg courthouse.

​At a sentencing hearing in October, court was told that Abraham, Starr and Eugene Fontaine were on a three-day bender when Starr and Fontaine got into a fight over money.

Fontaine was stomped on the head, tied up and put in a shed, where he died of a head injury, court was told.

The Crown had asked for a 10-year sentence for each of the accused.

At the October hearing, members of Fontaine's family said they believe the death of Eugene Fontaine played a role in the death of his 15-year-old daughter, Tina, whose body was found in the Red River in August.


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