Man sentenced to 7 years for fatal stabbing during argument over a dog (2024)

Theodore Gliga received an additional sentence for having threatened his ex-girlfriend and throwing a plate at a woman in separate incidents.

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Paul Cherry Montreal Gazette

Published Apr 11, 2024Last updated 1day ago2 minute read

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A 30-year-old man was sentenced to a seven-year prison term at the Montreal courthouse Thursday in a case where he admitted to fatally stabbing a man in Mile End during a heated argument over a dog.

When he pleaded guilty to manslaughter at the end of January, Theodore Gliga conceded he stabbed 27-year-old Rance Sullivan while the latter was chasing him on Jeanne-Mance St. in the early morning hours of Sept. 30, 2022.

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Minutes before the chase, Gliga had shown up at his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and asked if he could walk the dog they shared custody of. The woman was upset that Gliga had shown up unannounced, sometime after 4 a.m., and they argued. Sullivan, the woman’s new boyfriend, joined in the argument and his friend, Justin Hunt, grabbed Gliga by the throat.

After Gliga was arrested as a suspect in the homicide, he gave a statement to the police, saying he grabbed the dog and left the apartment. He said he headed southward on Jeanne-Mance St., toward Bernard Ave. He also said Hunt caught up with him and appeared to be holding a piece of metal. Gliga said he grabbed it from Hunt while they struggled with each other.

According to a statement of facts read by Quebec Court Judge Jean-Jacques Gagné on Thursday, Gliga freed himself and ran along Jeanne-Mance St.

Sullivan caught up to him and grabbed him by the shoulders.

“(Gliga) felt that he was in danger, so he turned around to push the victim with both of his hands while he still had the piece of metal in his hands,” Gagné said, referring to the statement of facts. “He did not want to injure the victim and did not know he had injured him as he ran away.”

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Gliga asked a motorist for help and got a ride to the Rosemont métro station with the dog still in his hands. Sullivan collapsed on Jeanne-Mance St. and was declared dead at the scene.

Gliga told police he learned of Sullivan’s death through a friend who called him.

“The accused recognizes that, even if he did not want to murder the victim, there were ways to withdraw from the conflict with the victim and avoid stabbing him to death. Therefore, he did not act in self defence,” the judge said, noting Gliga expressed remorse for killing Sullivan during a hearing held on Monday.

Karen Sullivan, the victim’s mother, testified this week.

“The death of a child of any age is a profound, difficult and painful experience,” the judge said. “The grief will continue throughout her life. She is transformed by her tragic loss. She described her son as a unique person who was a blessing.”

The judge agreed with a joint recommendation on the sentence made by lawyers on both sides of the case on Monday. The seven-year sentence began on Thursday.

Gliga was sentenced to an additional six months, which will be served consecutively, for having threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend during a different argument and for an assault case where he threw a plate at another woman.

pcherry@postmedia.com

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