Wabasca man gets three years for manslaughter

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While COVID-19 has delayed various court appearances, one sentencing which was scheduled for June 26, 2020 actually happened on February 20. Dwayne Simon Beauregard was sentenced to three years for the death of Joelle Cardinal.

Beauregard plead guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter in the Peace River Court of Queen’s Bench on January 13, 2020.

Beauregard was originally charged with second degree murder on August 2, 2017, for the death of Cardinal. Cardinal was 21 when she died on July 31, 2017.

According to the agreed statement of facts submitted on January 18, 2020, Beauregard and Cardinal “were in an on-and-off domestic relations” and had children together. They were not living together at the time of the manslaughter. They both grew up in and were living in Wabasca-Desmarais.

On July 30, Beauregard drank alcohol and used street drugs. He’d been in “a downward spiral, struggling with alcohol and substance abuse. He did not have a permanent residence.”

Cardinal had also been drinking. Cardinal and two other people had taken Beauregard’s ATV without permission. Cardinal and Beauregard were arguing about Beauregard’s ATV. Beauregard was on the front step of a residence. Cardinal was on the ground. Beauregard ran toward her with a knife in his hand, swung at Cardinal and stabbed her in the chest. The knife went into her heart.

“Cardinal staggered backwards and screamed for help while clutching her chest. Beauregard walked back to the step and sat down.”

Two people were nearby, but didn’t witness the stabbing.

Police arrived shortly after 2 a.m. on July 31 to find Cardinal lying on her back with witnesses performing CPR. EMS pronounced her dead on the scene.

An autopsy on August 1, determined Cardinal died from a single stab wound to her heart, which “would not have required a significant amount of force.”

For two days, Beauregard evaded police. On August 1, he communicated with police through a third-party that he wanted to turn himself in. On August 2 in the morning, he was arrested.

The statement includes a quote from Beauregard when he spoke to police and Cardinals’ mother in August 2017, “I was just self-defending myself. But I didn’t mean to hurt anyone. Especially not my baby mama (and) something took over me and put me in a black hole.”

From November 6 to 8, 2018, a streamlined preliminary inquiry was conducted in the Slave Lake Provincial Court. At the end, Beauregard offered to plead guilty to manslaughter.

The reason for the delay between this inquiry and the actual plea is not explained.

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