Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul
In April 2017, Devon Blackmore was 17 years old and just three months away from graduating high school in Penticton, B.C., when he went into a seizure and died on the floor of his girlfriend Keira Bourque’s room. Bourque, who was 20 at the time and living with her father, had injected Blackmore with two doses of morphine in order to ease the pain he was experiencing from undiagnosed pneumonia, according to Crown lawyer Andrew Vandersluys, who addressed the court at Bourque’s sentencing hearing on Friday. Earlier this year Bourque pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter. The Crown is seeking a three-year prison sentence and argued that in injecting Blackmore with morphine, Bourque was aware of the risk of death or serious bodily harm, but she gave him the drug anyway.