Brothers with FAS who sexually assaulted girl sentenced to 12 years in Calgary

Tests revealed that both suffer from severe fetal alcohol syndrome, have poor cognitive function and struggle with mental illness.

CALGARY – Two brothers with fetal alcohol disorder who sexually assaulted a teenage girl they abducted at a bus stop have been sentenced to 12 years each in prison.

Corey and Cody Manyshots, both in their 20s, pleaded guilty in October 2015 to sexual assault, kidnapping, uttering threats and robbery.

Court heard the Indigenous brothers abducted a 17-year-old girl from a bus stop in Calgary’s northeast in November 2014.

They sexually assaulted her in an alley and then took her to their home where they sexually assaulted over eight hours.

The Grade 12 student was able to escape a day later when they fell asleep. Police were contacted by her family when she made it home.

Judge Terry Semenuk gave the brothers credit for time served, so they face less than eight more years behind bars.

They were sent for additional psychiatric testing last June to determine if they were criminally responsible for their actions. Tests revealed that both suffer from severe fetal alcohol syndrome, have poor cognitive function and struggle with mental illness.

At a sentencing hearing last fall, lawyers for the brothers argued that their clients should spend years in prison so they could get help for their issues.

“These two men fell through the cracks of life,” Cody’s lawyer, Alain Hepner, said at the time. “They didn’t stand a chance from the minute they were born.”

Reports presented as evidence said the two should be in a structured, supervised environment where their unique needs could be addressed.

Hepner told the hearing that there is no treatment for fetal alcohol syndrome, but he hoped there was a way the brothers could get the support they need to lead a meaningful life once they get out of prison.

The Crown argued there was a relatively high risk the two would reoffend and pointed out that they show little empathy for the victim.

Having the brothers stay voluntarily at a residential facility following their sentence should not be seen as a solution, prosecutor Jonathan Hak said.

Hepner presented a statement on behalf of his client, who he said cannot read, in which he said he was sorry for causing pain to the victim and that he wanted to get counselling.

The defendants’ mother, Angelina Manyshots, also addressed court at the hearing.

“I really love my sons,” she said. “I’ll do everything I can to help them.”

8 thoughts on “Brothers with FAS who sexually assaulted girl sentenced to 12 years in Calgary

  1. This article is all about the poor alcohol disorder these vicious guys have as an excuse for making the girl suffer in their hands. This experience must have been so traumatizing for her.

  2. This article is all about the poor alcohol disorder these vicious guys have as an excuse for making the girl suffer in their hands. This experience must have been so traumatizing for her.

  3. very sad for the brothers. i think if let out of jail will reoffend they need to be looked after 24- 7. how come nothing was said about the young girl thats who suffered this ugly crime think of her rehabilitation

  4. So much of our people suffer..with fetal alcohol sydrome..it needs to be adressed more to our advocates, and helping our people..not allowing this to escalate…this is fixable, with the right knowledgment, to be maken awareness more educated, and brought to its mental illnesses..Salish Support [email protected] Peters/Williams

  5. very sad for the brothers. i think if let out of jail will reoffend they need to be looked after 24- 7. how come nothing was said about the young girl thats who suffered this ugly crime think of her rehabilitation

  6. So much of our people suffer..with fetal alcohol sydrome..it needs to be adressed more to our advocates, and helping our people..not allowing this to escalate…this is fixable, with the right knowledgment, to be maken awareness more educated, and brought to its mental illnesses..Salish Support [email protected] Peters/Williams

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