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Ashley Nicole Ross has been found guilty of manslaughter and robbery with violence in the killing of Burton Tacan, 39.
Ross had pleaded not guilty in Brandon Court of Queen’s Bench to both charges after Burton Tacan was attacked and beaten inside his apartment building on Sept. 30, 2017. He subsequently died of his injuries in Winnipeg.
Ross’s husband, Mitchell Myran, was previously sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter last year for his involvement in the same attack on Tacan.
In his decision, Justice Robert Cummings found that one single attack had taken place on Tacan, rather than two separate attacks as Ross’s defence lawyer Lorne Giesbrecht had argued.
"The assault by Ms. Ross started seconds after Mr. Myran’s assault. Mr. Myran first saw Mr. Tacan. At that, point Ms. Ross may have not had any intention of engaging with Mr. Tacan, but she did follow Mr. Myran (into the apartment building).
He said the fact that Ross stayed by the door while Myran was punching Tacan, but didn’t leave the building once he stopped, showed it was one assault. She then delivered her own blows — hard enough that she was seen on video at the Crystal Hotel shaking her hands as if in pain.
Cummings also admitted into trial Ross’s testimony to police after the assault took place. He said she was of sound mind and understood the gravity of the situation while being interviewed by police.
She was also found guilty on the second charge, robbery with violence. The charge stems from the fact that Ross and Myran stole Tacan’s hat and fanny pack after leaving him lying inside his apartment building.
After the decision was delivered, Tacan’s mother, Debra Tacan, said the trial seemed like it was taking forever.
"His memory keeps coming back," she said.
Lacey Tacan, the victim’s sister, said she felt relieved to see Ross convicted on both charges and that it wouldn’t have sat well with her to see anything less.
"I haven’t seen my brother in a long time," she said.
"I’m not so angered by it — more relieved. The whole process of what happened in court today, I know it may have only been a couple of minutes of court, but it’s still a lot to me. I feel relief, now we just got to work on the sentencing part."
The sentencing for Ross is scheduled for June 24 at 2 p.m. in Brandon Court of Queen’s Bench.
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