One of the challenges of court reporting is that the most important cases take years to go through the court system. Unfortunately, The Leader missed reporting on the conviction and sentencing in the Chantelle Hole homicide, which happened over a year ago.
On Nov. 20, 2019, Randy Potskin was sentenced to 12 years in prison, says a source at Alberta Queen’s Bench. He was charged with second-degree murder for the death of Chantelle Hole, but convicted of the lesser and included offence of manslaughter.
The Athabasca Advocate covered the trial. The Leader and other news agencies reported on the arrest. However, there doesn’t seem to be any news coverage of the conviction in The Leader archives.
Hole was killed on April 29, 2017 in her rural residence near Smith, says a May 9, 2017 Leader article. She was 25.
Potskin was charged with second-degree murder, says a June 15, 2017 Leader article.
On June 24, 2019, The Advocate reported in its Town and Country section:
“Randy Greg Potskin has been found guilty of manslaughter in the 2017 stabbing of Chantelle Hole near Smith after a judge determined that his claim of a home invasion was ‘illogical’ and lacked corroboration.”
Hole and Potskin were living together, says the Advocate article. A repairman in the home earlier in the day noted that they were both drinking, and Potskin was heavily intoxicated.
Later in the article, Justice R. Graesser said: “In the end, I have a reasonable doubt as to whether Mr. Potskin intended to kill Ms. Hole or cause her bodily harm that was her likely cause of death. The only inferences that I can safely draw from the evidence is that there was a terrible fight for some unknown reason; Ms. Hole was stabbed numerous times; she was hit, and when she tried to flee in her car she was stabbed in the neck.”