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New West man sentenced for manslaughter

A New Westminster man has been sentenced to seven years for manslaughter in connection with a homicide at the Royal Towers apartments on Sixth Street more than two years ago.

Douglas Edward Sumner, 34, pleaded guilty in October to killing 23-year David Michael MacAulay of Sherbrooke, Que., on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, and was sentenced in New Westminster Provincial Court on Wednesday.

At the time, New Westminster police said they received a medical distress call and found a man dead in an apartment. An Integrated Homicide Investigation Team spokesman said at the the two men knew each other and were involved in a dispute and that MacAulay was wanted on a warrant for assault in the Sherbrooke area.

Sumner has been given credit for time served and according to court records he has four years and three months remaining in his sentence.

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