Family won't sit in sentencing conference for teen who killed five-year old boy

The Canadian Press

WETASKIWIN, Alta. - The parents of a five-year-old boy who was shot dead as he slept in his bed on an Alberta reserve don't want to be part of a sentencing conference for one of three teens who fired the gun.

A sentencing hearing for the three youths has been delayed until March so a youth restorative action program can come up with sentence recommendations for one of the boys.

The teens have admitted they took turns firing the rifle at a home on the gang-plagued Samson Cree reserve in Hobbema in 2011.

Ethan Yellowbird was struck in the head by a bullet as he slept in his tiny fire-truck bed.

The teens — 13, 16 and 17 at the time — have pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Ethan's grandmother, Debbie Buffalo, says relatives won't attend the sentencing conference because they don't believe the teens are remorseful.