Murder victim’s family frustrated after Mantla sentencing stalled

In a surprising turn, convicted killer Kevin Mantla fired both his lawyers moments before he was to be sentenced for second-degree murder and attempted murder – leaving the slain victim’s family members frustrated and disappointed. “It’s like another blow of trauma,” a relative of Mantla’s victim told Yellowknifer, but requested not to be named. In...
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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