N.S. man also suspected of killing Newfoundlander maintains innocence
Plattsburgh, N.Y. - Shortly before being sentenced on Thursday to life imprisonment for murder, a Nova Scotia resident maintained his innocence in the slaying of an American man two years ago.
"I can clearly say by true wisdom and reality without doubt, I'm innocent and can do no wrong," Glen Race, 27, told Clinton County Court Judge Kevin Ryan in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Race of Dartmouth, N.S., was convicted last fall of killing Darcy Manor in Mooers, N.Y., in May 2007.
The prosecution alleged during the trial that Race shot Manor, 35, in the back at a secluded hunting lodge.
Manor's family and friends attended Thursday's sentencing.
"As I have watched your actions through these past 20 months, I have never seen any sign of remorse or grief for what you have done," Jane Manor, the victim's mother, told Race as she read out a statement.
"You are a disgrace to mankind and my hope is you will never be free to harm another human being, including your own family and friends."
Race, who faced a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison, is ineligible for parole.
Manor criticized Race for his lack of respect, asking him at one point to look at her while she was talking.
But the shackled Race, dressed in a bold black and white prisoner's uniform and a bright orange jacket, continued to stare straight ahead.
Manor said her son would have given Race his truck, his money and his credit card on May 10, 2007, if he had been given the opportunity.
"My hope is that you suffer just half of the pain that Darcy's family and friends have suffered these past few months."
At one point, the judge looked directly at Race as he reviewed several aspects of the murder."You proceeded to take a hunting rifle and used the rifle to shoot Darcy Manor as he was working (to repair) a water pipe," Ryan said.
Ryan said that given the nature of his wounds, Manor did not die instantly. The judge also noted that Race then tied the body with rope and dragged it around the camp on the back of the victim's truck.
Race's trial heard that he crossed the border into the United States following the deaths of two men in Halifax, N.S.
He was arrested in Brownsville, Texas, several days after Manor's slaying.
Race has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Trevor Charles Brewster, 45, and second-degree murder in the slaying of Newfoundland native Michael Paul Knott, 44.