Edmonton man who set fire to killing baby free on time served


CTVNews.ca staff, with files from CTV Edmonton's Diego Romero

Published Friday, January 18, 2019 7:39 am EST

A 20-year-old man who pleaded guilty to setting off a fire that killed a baby in Edmonton was released after spending 51 days in prison.

Bronze Woonenko had a sharp two-and-a-two-shot injury to a home-based fire in August 2017. Firefighters found a 29-year-old mother and her five-month-old son in a serious condition.

The baby was called Hunter Brown, later died in hospital. His mother Angi Tang survived.

On Thursday, Vonenko was sentenced to 76 days in prison. He had spent 51 days in prison at times and a half, so the court released him for a while.

After this decision, the baby's family released a statement expressing their "disappointment" with the sentencing.

"The death of the hunter was no coincidence. It was the result of an individual's deliberate actions. But the individual is facing nothing more than a minor inconvenience as his time serves means he will have no prison time," the statement read.

Woeenko was initially charged with a second-degree murder, but that fee was later Vitrand.

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