Stafford killer McClintic pleads guilty to prison assault
Terri-Lynne McClintic poses at a Super 8 motel in Woodstock where she and Michael Rafferty spent a night. (File Photo)
LONDON, Ont. - If she had been in a bigger room, Tori Stafford's killer Terri-Lynne McClintic says she "could have really done some damage" to another inmate she attacked earlier this year.
In a letter intercepted by guards, McClintic explained to another inmate named Krazy why she attacked Aimee MacIntyre on Jan. 30.
"It is what it is, point made, statement just not as loud as I would have liked it to be if you catch what I'm putting down," she wrote.
"So I'm f------ choked, I don't even think I did that much f------ damage," McClinitic wrote.
Later in the letter, she said she "would have preferred a bigger room - then I could have really done some damage."
McClintic, 22, who is serving a life-sentence for the murder of Tori Stafford, 8, at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ont., pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to assaulting MacIntyre.
Justice Colin Westman sentenced McClinitic to six months for the assault, calling the case "troublesome and tragic."
Court heard McClinitic had planned to fight the charge of assaulting MacIntyre until the letter surfaced.
MacIntyre is also serving a life sentence and was mentoring McClinitc at the time of the assault. Court heard McClintic had asked to have a peer-to-peer support meeting with MacIntyre on Jan. 30. The meetings are part of programming at the prison that allow for mentoring and support.
During the meeting, MacIntyre paused to scratch her head. McClintic got up from her chair and started to punch MacIntyre in the head and kick her.
MacIntyre was on the floor in a fetal position and not fighting back. McClintic continued her assault and several officers saw the attack.
They struggled to pull McClintic off MacIntyre.
MacIntyre was taken to hospital with significant bruising to her head and eye area. She also had a bruise on her arm.
But she required no hospitalization and was given medication before she was returned to the prison for observation.
When she was interviewed by the police on Feb. 2, MacIntyre said she was experiencing headaches and dizziness.
Since that interview, MacIntyre has not been co-operative with the Crown making it impossible to prove the extent of the injuries.
McClintic said little to the police, then admitted to the assault and said she did not want a lawyer.
She gave no reason for the assault.
Crown attorney Julia Forward said the assault was McClintic's tenth conviction for violence and wanted a six month sentence to reflect the seriousness of the event that was planned, unprovoked and continued even when the victim was cowering for protection.
It would also be on her record if McClintic planned to apply for parole under the faint hope clause after serving 15 years.
Defence lawyer Geoff Snow wanted time served and explained McClintic's letter was written in anger just hours after the attack and doesn't show her remorse.
The judge said it was "hard to see" any remorse, given "how neat and how she explains herself" in the two-page letter.
"She seems to have some pretty deep-seeded anger," Westman said adding that as time passes, "she feels bad."
McClintic was put in segregation for 30 days and her privileges were gone for two months, Snow said.
Westman gave McClintic credit for pleading guilty and added, "I can't imagine your turmoil you must feel within yourself."
"My only hope for you is that you will try the best you can to have a more civil attitude to fellow human beings ... Violence is not the answer."
In 2010, McClintic pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the abduction and beating death of Stafford on April 8, 2009.
McClintic and her then-boyfriend Michael Rafferty abducted Stafford outside her school in Woodstock, Ont., and drove her to an isolated rural area where Rafferty raped her. McClintic then smashed the little girl to death with a hammer.
Rafferty was convicted May 12 of kidnapping, sexual assault causing bodily harm and first-degree murder.