WINNIPEG — A convicted Winnipeg killer has been sentenced to 17 months in jail for randomly attacking an innocent teen only weeks after being released on parole.
Matthew Mannella, 29, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm in the June 2011 attack outside a convenience store.
He admits punching the youth in the face for no apparent reason as he went into the store to buy a drink.
The boy suffered a deep cut to his face that required seven stitches and resulted in his eye swelling shut.
Mannella had been released from prison in April 2011 after serving part of a 10-year manslaughter sentence for a 2005 killing of a 17-year-old boy.
Mannella stabbed Christopher Surbey to death in the false belief the youth was involved in arranging a “hit” on him.
Mannella’s latest crime resulted in his parole immediately being suspended. He has been in custody ever since and will remain behind bars until his full term expires in January 2013. His new sentence will then begin.
» Winnipeg Free Press
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 16, 2012