A Saskatchewan woman who fatally stabbed her fiance with a kitchen knife during a domestic dispute sobbed openly Friday as she was sentenced to life in prison.
Robin Laura Ermine, 30, was found guilty earlier this week of second-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Evan Bear.
The two, from the Muskoday First Nation, were fighting in their home in February 2015 when Ermine lashed out at Bear and severed a major artery.
Life in prison is mandatory in a murder conviction and the judge ruled Ermine will have to serve 10 years before being eligible for parole — the shortest period allowed under the law.
The jury declined to make a recommendation on her parole.
Given the chance to speak before the sentence was imposed in Prince Albert Court of Queen’s Bench, Ermine expressed remorse for her crime.
“I just want to start off by saying I’m sorry for what I’ve done,” she said. “There’s not a day goes by that I don’t think about him.”
Regret for leaving before ambulance arrived
Ermine apologized for the pain and hurt she has caused both Bear’s family and her own. She also expressed regret for leaving the home before the ambulance arrived but said she did so because she knew paramedics would not enter while the perpetrator was still inside.
“Every day I think about me leaving the scene,” she said. “I should have stayed right by his side. I wish I could bring him back.”
Justice Brian Scherman said he believed Ermine’s remorse to be genuine and noted that she has remained sober since the murder. He suggested that improves her chances at rehabilitation.
“She hasn’t had a drink since that night,” Scherman said. “I think that’s significant.”
Tensions outside courtroom
Ermine shared hugs with family members before being shackled and taken into custody by deputy sheriffs.
Moments after the hearing, tensions between the families of Bear and Ermine boiled over in the hall outside the courtroom. Ermine’s mother hotly criticized media coverage of the…