Sunday, June 26, 2016

Career criminal Tyler Jack Newton gets 7 years for fatal stabbing on bus


Tyler Jack Newton
A man who fatally stabbed a stranger to death on a Kelowna city bus two years ago has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Tyler Newton plunged a knife into 55-year-old Caesar Rosales’s neck from behind in front of horrified transit passengers in November 2014. Police say it was a random and unprovoked attack. Rosales bled out on the bus, dying before paramedics could arrive.

Newton then ditched the weapon in some bushes and fled the scene. The 23-year-old was charged with second-degree murder but pleaded down to manslaughter, and was handed his sentence on Friday. Prior to the sentence, Newton's lawyer Jordan Watt called the case "tragic" for everyone involved and said his client was sorry. Newton has more than 50 criminal convictions.

Tyler Jack Newton

Caesar Rosales
A psychologist’s report of Newton said that he had committed the attack on Rosales while in a state of psychosis caused by a long period of heavy drug use, including heroin.

“He had grand hallucinations and paranoid, grandiose delusions” Newton has served 602 days in jail since he was arrested, but was given credit for time and a half. He was therefore given credit for 903 days served, and will serve another 4.5 years behind bars.

The Crown had been seeking a 10-year prison sentence.

Caesar Rosales