Friday, May 14, 2021

IP gangster Gamble seeks break for nativeness

The torture lasted hours. "I didn't fucking do it, man!" Indian Posse Matthew Junior Gamble screamed from the prisoner's box, slapping the railing after his verdict. He was guilty of a horrific aggravated assault and unlawful confinement. The victim was bound, beaten, had brands applied to chest and back with hot knives, and then had his ring finger chopped off.
Gamble's lawyers appealed his 7.5 year sentence because the trial judge erred by not ordering the preparation of a Gladue Report. The judge relied on 3 pre-sentence reports instead. By law, judges must consider Gladue factors when sentencing First Nations people vis-a-vis "systemic and background factors." Gamble's appeal failed. A judge determined Gladue is not an “unvarnished direction to impose shorter sentences on Aboriginal offenders.”

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