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An Alberta man accused of manslaughter in the deaths of two Metis hunters is appealing his conviction and sentence.

Roger Bilodeau was convicted in May and sentenced to 10 years in prison for the deaths of Jacob Sansom and Maurice Cardinal, who were shot to death on a rural Alberta road in March 2020 after a brief vehicle chase.

Bilodeau’s son Joseph, who was tried at the same time as his father, was charged with second-degree murder in the cardinal’s death and manslaughter in Sansom’s death.

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Roger Bilodeau argued in his appeal that the trial judge failed to properly instruct the jury on party liability, particularly the underlying elements required to prove common intent as required by the Criminal Code.

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At trial, prosecutors argued that the elder Bilodeau took the law into his own hands when he asked his son to bring a gun while chasing a truck driven by Sansom and Cardinal.

The Crown argued the father and son were angry because they thought the two hunters were trying to steal from them.

Joseph Bilodeau is expected to be sentenced later this year.


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Court heard Sansom, 39, and Cardinal, 57, were moose hunting near Glendon, Alta., in March 2020 so they could fill the family’s freezer with meat as COVID-19 shuts down businesses.

Justice Eric Macklin said Sansom and Cardinal were providers not only to their families, but also to the community by doing things like feeding families in need.

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“Jacob Sansom and Maurice Cardinal are pillars of their community,” Macklin said last month at Roger Bilodeau’s sentencing hearing.

“They were described as men who respected the motherland and were wise custodians of their culture. No words can assuage the heartbreak, anger and pain of the victims’ families and friends.

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