Edmonton Journal reports that a 24-year-old with FASD receives four-year sentence for stabbing his brother. Harold pleaded guilty to manslaughter and has 11 months left to serve after credit for pre-trial custody.
A 24-year-old man who drunkenly stabbed his brother in the chest was given a four-year sentence for manslaughter Friday.
Harold Donald Papin pleaded guilty earlier this year to killing his younger brother, 20-year-old Harvey Frenchman, in the early morning of Nov. 1, 2013.
“Harvey was your brother,” Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Sterling Sanderman said. “What did he do to deserve a death like this? You loved Harvey, Harvey loved you. You’re going to have to live with the fact that you killed someone dear to you.”
Sanderman told court that Papin’s pre-sentence report detailed a lifetime of abuse that was among the worst the experienced judge has ever seen. Court heard that Papin, who has fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, believes his abusive upbringing was only tolerable because his brother was there with him.
“Whatever happened that night, I feel guilty about it,” Papin said from the prisoner’s box.
The night Frenchman died, the brothers were playing video games at their uncle’s townhouse in west Edmonton where they both lived. Papin was drunk and obnoxious, according to an agreed statement of facts.
Around 1 a.m., Papin and Frenchman brawled, throwing punches at each other on the couch. The fight was broken up by their uncle, Eugene Papin, who then returned to bed as the brothers stared each other down.
Ten minutes later, Frenchman crashed through his uncle’s bedroom door, bleeding from his chest. He collapsed onto the bedroom floor.
“Uncle, help me,” he said. “I’m dying. Harold stabbed me deep.”
“I knew right away he wasn’t going to make it,” Eugene Papin later said.
Frenchman was unconscious when police arrived and Papin had fled the home. Frenchman was declared dead on his uncle’s bedroom floor.
Within the hour, police found Papin 12 blocks away with blood on his clothing. He admitted to police he’d stabbed his brother.
After the killing, Eugene Papin said he forgave his nephew. “We’re forgiving Harold. We have no choice. We don’t want to lose another family member.”
Papin said the brothers often argued a lot, but rarely fought. Frenchman had offered to live with his uncle to help him through a breakup with his wife.
“He said, ‘uncle, don’t worry, I’ll stay with you.’ Harvey was a great kid.”
Papin was originally charged with second-degree murder, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. He has 11 months left to serve after credit for pre-trial custody.
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