It has been more than five years since bullets pierced the garage door of a southeast Calgary home, hitting and killing Amy Sands.
On Aug. 31, 2012, the 27-year-old was at a house party on Dover Meadow Close when she was struck by a bullet meant for another man.
Police said she was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire of a heated war of words between two men.
They had been arguing and one of them left. Jesse George Hill came back with someone else, who fired the fatal shot that was meant for the other man in the argument.
Hill eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter and in November 2014, was sentenced to eight years behind bars. With credit for time served, he had four years and nine months remaining.
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Jesse George Hill pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Amy Sands in 2012.
At his sentencing, the judge hoped Hill would let the pain and suffering felt by family and friends sink in and that he would remind himself about what happened “for every waking moment of the rest of your life.”
Sands’ father, Ed, didn’t mince words when speaking with reporters after the sentencing.
“Four years and nine months for taking a life,” he said. “It’s not justice.”
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His statutory release date was Jan. 2.