Lawyer says tragic upbringing, father’s assassination merits shorter jail sentence for nightclub killer

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Harrison adapted well, she said, excelling at football.

“He had been recruited by the University of Michigan,” Urquhart said, of one of the top tiered college football programs in the U.S.

But a series of concussions dashed his scholarship dreams and by the end of high school he had turned to drugs, she said.

Harrison was convicted in June of a reduced charge of manslaughter in connection with the fatal stabbing of Rofas Sheikheldin inside the now-shuttered Paranoia nightclub. Witnesses said the victim was just playing peacemaker during a brawl.

He had been on trial for second-degree murder in the Nov. 25, 2018, attack.

In sentencing submissions last month, Crown prosecutor Todd Buziak said a sentence in the range of eight to 12 years would be appropriate.

Buziak argued there were several aggravating factors, including that Harrison was on bail in connection with an auto theft allegation at the time.

Wilson will hand down a decision later this month.

KMartin@postmedia.com

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