A 24-year-old man who shot his father five times during target practice has been sentenced to 18 months in jail and two years probation.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Nathan Smith said seizures affected Alphonse Brendon Menard’s judgment the day his father, Tony, was killed.
But Judge Smith noted that Mr. Menard knowingly created a dangerous situation with lack of sleep, alcohol and stress, and while his body was operating normally, his mind wasn’t.
The shooting happened in July, 2010, during a family camping trip near Bamfield, on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Menard pleaded guilty to killing his 52-year-old father last month, on the first day of his second-degree murder trial in a Duncan, B.C., courtroom.
Steve Fultz, a long-time friend of Tony Menard, said he found it strange that the family overwhelmingly supported the son because some of the victim’s friends feel differently.