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Supreme Court declines to review sentence in stabbing of Manitoba teenager

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will not review the eight-year sentence handed to a man who stabbed a teenager at a church.

Maksym Kravchenko assaulted the girl in a washroom after a Sunday service at the Pembina Valley Baptist Church in Winkler, Man., in 2017.

The girl’s family said the stabbing punctured the 15-year-old’s kidney, an artery, diaphragm and intestinal area, though she has since recovered.

Kravchenko pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for the random attack.

The Crown requested six years behind bars, but a judge set the sentence at 10 years.

Manitoba’s Court of Appeal lowered the sentence to eight years, prompting the Crown to ask the Supreme Court for a review.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 8, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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