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May 21, 2008
Mark Horning (right) and Will Taylor being led into a police van. ©Provost News File Photo. Inset photo of Timothy Salsman. Photo submitted
Second Man Sentenced in Salsman Death
Another man has been sentenced following the torture and killing of Timothy Salsman that took place at a Hayter house in 2004.

Mark James Horning, now 23 years old, plead guilty in an Edmonton court to manslaughter on Friday morning, May 16.

Crown prosecutor Ashley Finlayson told The Provost News in a telephone interview that Horning was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Because he has been in a remand centre for three and one half years Horning gets twice that amount credited to his sentence so technically he is seen as already served seven years— leaving four more years to serve.

Finlayson said that Horning apologized to his family and Salsman’s family for causing shame and embarrassment.

Salsman’s mother Maggie, who lives in Alberta is planning to have a memorial in Edmonton and a funeral in Sussex, New Brunswick. Her son would have been 27 years old on May 7.

Pam Kirk, an aunt of Salsman told The News that his remains were “identified by forensic in Vancouver. We didn’t get his head and hands as Will Taylor hid them and won’t say where he put them, I hope he sees Timmer every time he closes his eyes, I hope this haunts him, like it should.”

On February 5, 2007, then 26 year old William Edgar Taylor was found guilty of the second degree murder of 23 year old Timothy Salsman. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

It was reported that Horning received a lighter sentence in part because he had indirectly helped investigators discover some of Salsman’s remains.

However Justice Sterling Sanderman said he was appalled by the crime. The original submission from the Crown and defence asked for a sentence of 10 and one half years, rather than the 11 that Sanderman ordered.

Taylor had been originally charged with first degree murder but at Taylor’s earlier trial Justice Vital Ouelette found reasonable doubt that Salsman had been tied up at the time of his beating in a Hayter basement house. Witness Lee Morgan, who was present at the time said he saw Salsman covered in blood laying in a fetal position by a post in the basement. If it was ruled that Salsman had been confined (tied up), then first degree murder charges would have stood.

Complete story and photos in May 21 edition of The Provost News.
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U of A Approval for New Institute of Prairie Archaeology
The University of Alberta has approved a new Institute of Prairie Archaeology following months of work, says Dr. Jack Ives of Edmonton who talked to The Provost News in a telephone interview about the announcement.

Ives, who was named the “Northern Plains Archaeologist” a permanent position created by the Faculty of Arts in 2007 to support the Bodo dig site program says “I think it’s a major step forward.”

He says there is much work to be done but “The Institute of Prairie Archaeology exists”.

“We are excited here and the dean is . . . we are really looking forward to it.”

He called the university move a tangible one and adds that he will now look more closely at what funding is available.

Full story in May 21 edition of The Provost News.
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40 Acres of Prairie, Bush Burns
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This week we ask: We ask "What Do You Enjoy About the Red Hat Society?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Elaine Hope, Myrtle Cole, Jean Hewson, Gloria Wimmer, and Elaine Kemp.
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