Peerless man gets eight years for manslaughter

Leader staff

On November 10, 2021, Paul Henry Trindle was sentenced to eight years for the manslaughter of Jared Letendre in Peerless Lake on June 25, 2018. However, he has served a good portion of this sentence already.

Trindle had been in custody since the day of the incident.

At an enhanced rate of 1.5 days to each day spent in custody, Trindle received credit for 63 months (5.25 years) for time served. He has 33 months (2.75 years) left to serve.

The original charge was second-degree murder.

The sentencing followed a hearing on Nov. 9 in Peace River Court of Queens Bench.

Trindle beat Letendre to death with a bat shortly after 3:30 a.m. on June 25, 2018, as reported in a June 9, 2021 Lakeside Leader article. At the time, the victim, Trindle’s ex-girlfriend, and friends were drinking heavily from 1 to 3:30 a.m. Trindle interacted with them at various times, before killing Letendre.

On May 28, 2021, Trindle pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Sentencing hit a roadblock when the Crown and defence disagreed about the issue of whether Trindle was intoxicated at the time of the crime. Because of this issue, the Crown and defence differed wildly on sentencing. The Crown recommended 10 years, but the defence recommended time served.

Trindle was arrested on the day of the crime and remained in custody, says the Leader article.

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