Belleville – Family and friends of Cindy Sullivan filed into the courtroom holding pictures of Sullivan, prepared to deliver victim impact statements. But when the matter was put off for a day many left the courtroom disgruntled and in tears.
Justice Robert Scott cited a “timing issue” for the delay… adding that he was also feeling under the weather.
Another reason why the sentencing was put off — a lot more victim impact statements to consider.
The Crown Attorney introduced 8 new statements, added to the 3 already listed.
Ronald Shorey was found guilty of manslaughter last month … even though the Crown pressed for the more serious conviction of second-degree murder.
Sullivan’s body was discovered in the bedroom of Shorey’s apartment on Adrian Court in Trenton in August of 2012. She had been beaten and stabbed in the neck and chest with a kitchen knife. Shorey admitted to causing her death but claimed to have no recollection of the events.
He suffers from mental health issues and a brain injury sustained in 2008. His lawyer told the court he needed more time to review the additional victim impact statements — suggesting some portions be redacted.
His lawyer told the court he needed more time to review the additional victim impact statements — suggesting some portions be redacted.
A victim impact statement can be written someone who has been affected by an offender’s action … but the statements can’t include any unproven allegations, complaints about anyone else other than the offender, opinions and recommendations about the sentence… or comments about an offence for which the offender was not convicted.
The judge agreed with the defence lawyer that some statements contain information not relevant to the case…. adding that he understands
‘It’s a difficult time for people.” Justice Scott
The judge and lawyers spent the afternoon vetting the statements. They’ll be put into the record on Thursday when Shorey learns his fate. The maximum sentence for Manslaughter is life in prison with no chance of parole for 7 years.