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Second man headed to prison for role in 'brutal' 2019 killing

Ryan Babineau, 30, was stabbed 65 times and died from his wounds; Cory Greavette is one of three men who was charged in wake of the 'brutal killing'

One of the three men charged in the 2019 killing of a man in downtown Barrie was sentenced to nine years, less time he has spent in custody, on Thursday.

Cory Greavette, 30, begins his sentence for manslaughter today and was credited for the time he was held, meaning he will ultimately serve four years, 10 months and 24 days.

Greavette was one of three men charged in the killing of 30-year-old Ryan Babineau after an attack began in the victim’s Dunlop Street East apartment on Nov. 16, 2019.

Babineau was later pronounced dead at hospital.

In her sentencing statement, Superior Court Justice Michelle Fuerst said “this was a brutal killing,” noting Babineau was stabbed 65 times.

“Mr. Greavette chose to participate in the killing of a man because of a grievance that had nothing to do with him,” said Fuerst. “He attacked Mr. Babineau at a point when Mr. Babineau was obviously vulnerable, on the ground and already injured by a co-perpetrator.”

The Court heard that Babineau had been doing drugs with others early that Saturday when Greavette and two others showed up in a stolen Mazda. 

While not named at the sentencing hearing today, Fuerst acknowledged the names of the other two involved have been “widely publicized.”

On June 2, Tyler Wren, 28, was sentenced to five years and, with time served, began serving his remaining 14 months that day.

Abad Abdi Shire Shire has a four-week trial scheduled to start Jan. 6, 2023.

After the attack, Greavette and the two other men then drove to a Grove Street home where they changed out of their clothes and then continued on to a Huntsville motel.

Greavette was arrested at a Barrie residence five days after the stabbing. 

Fuerst said she did consider that Greavette plead guilty, speeding up the judicial process. She also acknowledged Greavette spent time in custody during the pandemic, putting him at risk to contract COVID-19 and that he had a childhood and adolescence during which he was abused sexually and physically. 

“While it is true that no sentence I impose will bring Ryan Babineau back to life, it is important that the sentence expresses the community’s condemnation of this offence,” said Fuerst.