GODS LAKE NARROWS, man. - A man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for nearly 16 years for the murder of a young indigenous mother, which shook many members of a remote First Nation in northern Manitoba.
Michael William Okemow, 40, was convicted of second-degree murder in 2015 in the beating death of Crystal Andrews, 22, in God's Lake First Nation, a Swampy Cree and Metis community located about 1,000 miles northeast of Winnipeg.
"Michael killing Crystal has had a very great effect on her family, in this community and beyond, because she is one of so many indigenous women killed," Judge Chris Martin said in his sentencing on the remote reservation earlier this year. month.
Andrews was the mother of two young children, a wife, and a foster ...