Saturday , 25 September 2021

Man sentenced for manslaughter in death of baby Veronica Poitras

The man convicted in the death of a toddler three years ago has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Sherman Whitford, now 38, was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend’s daughter 16-month-old Veronica Poitras in November of 2019.

Poitras suffered head and neck injuries on Aug. 26, 2017, and was transported by air ambulance to Edmonton.

She died on Aug. 29, 2017, after being taken off life support in an Edmonton hospital, three days after she was admitted to care.

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Whitford was handed the sentence and given four-and-a-half years credit for time served in pretrial custody.

He was originally charged with second-degree murder.

He will serve three-and-a-half more years and will be under a firearms probation for at least ten years.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.