Maskwacis man sentenced to life for killing mother


A judge in Alberta has sentenced Ashton Saddleback to life in prison for killing his mother.

Court in Wetaskiwin heard the killing happened in November 2020 while Ashton, 36, was arguing with Corrine Saddleback, 51, in their Mâskwâcîs home.

He testified they were both drinking and he got angry at his mother for hitting his children and he punched and kicked her repeatedly. The coroner said the victim died of blunt force trauma. 

Ashton told Justice Steven Mandziuk of Alberta Court of King’s Bench he called 9-1-1 and tried to clean up the crime scene.

Ashton Saddleback
Corrine Saddleback, 51, was killed by her son Ashton Saddleback in November 2020.

Ashton said he didn’t intend to kill his mother and pledged never to use drugs and alcohol again.

Mandziuk said Ashton wasn’t a bad man. He said he was impressed with the support the man was getting from his family.

Mâskwâcîs is home to several Cree First Nations and about a 60-minute drive from Edmonton.

The judge agreed with the joint sentencing recommendation put forward by the Crown and defence.

He recommended Ashton serve his time at the Pê Sâkâstêw Centre, a minimum-security healing lodge in Mâskwâcîs. 

Ashton is not eligible to apply for parole until he has served a least 10 years of his sentence.