Sentencing complete in murder of Dakoda Martin
Published Friday, January 11, 2019 1:09PM EST
Last Updated Friday, January 11, 2019 6:06PM EST
Jeremy Reddick, who was convicted of second-degree murder for the death of Dakoda Martin, has been sentenced in a London court.
While he received an automatic life sentence for the conviction, Justice Helen Rady decided Friday that he will serve a minimum of 14 years before being eligible for parole.
The Crown was asking that Reddick serve at least 15 years in prison, while the defence was asking for a 10-year minimum before parole eligibility.
Reddick, 34, was convicted in September for the stabbing death of 21-year-old Martin at Victoria Park on May 28, 2016 when Martin was coming to the aid of a woman after a night of partying.
Reddick was also found guilty of assault with a weapon in connection with an attack on Andre Williams, who testified at the trial.
Emotional victim impact statements were delivered at the sentencing hearing.
Dakoda's sister Tawnya Goad told the court, “Jeremy, you changed our family dynamic, you took Dakoda away from us forever.”
In her impact statement, their mother Cindy Martin said, "I will never again be able to tell my son who much I love him...Reddick violated our lives and destroyed everything."
She also explained the her son left behind a four-year-old daughter who "wil never truly know how much she is like her daddy."
Reddick could be seen sobbing while sitting in the prisoner's box during the emotional victim impact statements.
The court heard that Reddick had a tough upbringing, supporting himself by selling drugs, and has a lengthy and violent criminal record.
Before his sentencing he told the victim's family, "I'm sorry I brought so much pain. I didn't mean to kill Dakoda. I'm sorry."