Teen who murdered U of C student Brett Wiese sentenced as adult

Saying a youth sentence would not hold her accountable for her crimes, a Calgary judge on Tuesday handed young offender Jazlyn Radke a life term for the murder of U of C student Brett Wiese.

Justice Charlene Anderson ordered Radke serve a minimum seven years behind bars before she can apply for parole for the Jan. 12, 2013 second-degree murder of Wiese, 20.

Anderson rejected defence counsel Ian McNish’s bid for a youth term, finding Crown prosecutor Carla MacPhail had established an adult term was warranted.

Radke was just 17 years old when she orchestrated a revenge motivated group attack on a Brisebois Dr. N.W. house party Wiese was attending.

Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act Radke’s identity was protected prior to Anderson’s decision to sentence her to an adult punishment.

Radke, now 19, had attended the party earlier with friends, but was asked to leave.

Angry at being ejected, and seeking revenge against another party goer, Brett Butler, for pushing her outside, Radke gathered a group of friends and returned to the house armed with a knife.

A male member of her group stabbed Wiese several times when he tried to play peace maker.

Radke then knifed him.

Anderson noted Wiese was simply trying to get the intruders out of the house and did not act violently toward Radke, or her entourage.

“Mr. Wiese did not attack, or fight back, he bravely stood up and asked them to leave,” Anderson said.

Outside court, Wiese’s mother, Brenda, said she appreciated the kind words Anderson had for her son.

But she said no punishment, adult or youth, would be sufficient for Radke’s crime.

“The truth is today that our beautiful, kind and gentle son and brother was viciously murdered by human hands,” she said, her voice cracking with emotion.

“Nothing will bring him back and we know that no human imposed consequence will truly equal the magnitude of this crime,” she said.

“We believe that the true consequence for the murderer, Jazlyn Radke, and all of her people will be beyond this earthly life.”

And she said those who were close to her son were the people who suffered the most by his death.

“It is I, my husband and my daughter, our families, Brett’s friends that have truly been given the life sentence,”

Anderson much still deal with an application by McNish to have his client serve her adult sentence in a youth jail.

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Michael Harvey

Michael Harvey has been a contributing writer and journalist for the Pluto Daily since January 2014.