Adam Commentary Section
BARRIE — On Friday morning Julie Cloutier watched the man who killed her husband walk out of a courtroom.
Justin Boyer, 22, was going to jail for 352 days.
Cloutier was going back to Ottawa to break the news to her fatherless children.
With her mother by her side, Cloutier hesitated when asked what she thought of Boyer’s sentence.
One man is going to jail for just under a year, she said. But her husband, Stevenson Auguste, is dead.
Auguste, 41, was at the now-closed Thursday’s nightclub in January 2010 when a fight broke out.
He was not part of the brawl. But that didn’t stop Boyer from approaching him from behind and hitting him over the head with a beer bottle.
As Auguste crumpled to the ground, Boyer turned to the crowd in the bar and continued to challenge people to a fight.
Judge Barry MacDougall pointed out that Boyer never once made any effort to see if Auguste was all right. Auguste died days later in a Toronto hospital.
Boyer, initially charged with second-degree murder, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault at an earlier court day. He’s been in custody since his arrest in February 2010. He was given two-for-one credit for the time he’s already served.
MacDougall described Boyer’s actions that night as “cowardly,” but also noted Boyer’s fractured life, a past marked by little stability, parents with mental health and addiction issues and a limited education.
Taking a deep breath, Cloutier said she believed MacDougall understood the ramifications of Boyer’s actions, and the effect that it’s had on her family.
It is what it is, she said. The case could have worked out much differently, and a lot worse.
But she has no sense of closure, she said.
“I honestly wish I did,” she said. “But I don’t. I just don’t.”
Boyer must provide a DNA sample to police. He’s also banned from owning any weapons for 10 years.