Family reacts after killer gets 20 years in prison

Kevin Mantla has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 20 years. The 39-year-old Gameti man convicted of killing Elvis Lafferty in a brutal knife attack that left Lafferty’s girlfriend – Mantla’s ex-partner – seriously wounded, showed little emotion as Justice Charbonneau read her decision in NWT Supreme Court Thursday...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at