A Swift Current woman has been sentenced to life for the murder of her sister in 2021.
Roxanne Poundmaker’s sentence on Tuesday, just over two years after the death of Chastity Poundmaker, will have her serve a minimum of 10 years before parole eligibility.
Her remanded time since being arrested on March 5, 2021 will not count toward the sentencing but could play a factor in the parole board’s decision in the future, according to Crown Prosecutor, Curtis Wiebe.
"What will happen to her now, is she's going to be serving her time and then the parole board will decide when she should be released,” he explained. “Is it after 10 years? Is it later? It's up to them to decide. I don't know exactly all their processes about how they make their decisions, but I do know that in the past, some of the time that people spend in custody does have some sort of effect on their decisions as well.”
Her trial was originally set for September 11, 2023, regarding the March 4, 2021 incident that spanned across a few locations in Swift Current.
However, Roxanne entered a guilty plea on February 28 for the second-degree murder of Chastity, and an aggravated assault of her mother, Lucinda Poundmaker. The guilty plea will also include three years of concurrent jail time for the assault.
Swift Current Municipal RCMP, Swift Current RCMP Police Dog Services, the RCMP Major Crime Unit South, Yorkton RCMP General Investigation Section, the RCMP Forensic Identification Section as well as Saskatchewan’s Coroner’s Service, were all involved in the investigation of the stabbing incidents.
Lucinda Poundmaker was found injured at an apartment building on the 200 block of 7th Avenue Northwest, and she notified officials of Chastity also being hurt. Chastity was located deceased inside an apartment building on the 600 block of Chaplin Street soon after.