Thursday, March 15, 2007

Families rally at Edmonton court

Demand tougher sentencing for violent youth

Peacha Atkinson shows the front page of a petition at a rally in front of the downtown courts Monday morning. The rally called for tougher laws against violent youths.(Ryan Jackson, Special to the Sun)

EDMONTON — Families angry over what they feel are lenient sentences for violent young offenders took their message to the Edmonton courthouse Monday.

They were collecting signatures they will send to the federal government to demand tougher sentencing.

They said they already have 30,000 signatures.

Among the protesters was Peacha Atkinson, mother of Nina Courtepatte.

Thriteen-year-old Nina was raped and killed on an Edmonton golf course two years ago.

Atkinson has sat in the gallery during the murder trial, even though she says the testimony has been horribly heart-wrenching.

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