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Man who allegedly hit Barbara Kentner with trailer hitch charged with murder


Brayden Bushby, the man who is accused of throwing a trailer hitch from a car and hitting Barbara Kentner, has been charged with second-degree murder.

The charges against Bushby, 18, were upgraded Friday in a Thunder Bay courthouse from aggravated assault.

“I don’t know how to feel right now, it’s mixed emotions,” said Barbara Kentner’s sister Melissa. “I’m happy, I’m sad and leary of whats going to happen. There’s always a chance he could walk.”

Kentner was struck by the trailer hitch in January.

She died in July.

The Thunder Bay police sent out a statement regarding the charges.

“Following Barbara’s death on July 4, 2017, the Crown Attorney reviewed circumstances surrounding her death with the Regional Coroner’s Office and the TBPS Criminal Investigations Branch. That review resulted in the upgrade of the charge against Brayden Bushby.”

Bushby is in custody and will have a bail hearing Friday afternoon.

More to come.


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55 Responses to “Man who allegedly hit Barbara Kentner with trailer hitch charged with murder”

    Lucy November 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

    That guy will be sentence for life he made the kill with his own hands!!

    Cree November 6, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

    There is a law in Canada, it is called the Parties Act, it is where all persons who are in the company of a person who kills, they too are as capable as the one who throw it. They all should stand as charged as well.

    Oikcitow November 5, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

    Second degree murder…he will probably get 8 to 12 years sentenced be out in 4 or 5 years. I’m native and my brother got 9 years for assualt. The justice system is like religion… different standards depending on skin color.

    Susan November 5, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

    I’m glad to hear the charge has been upgraded.
    We were driving through Thunder Bay this summer and were disturbed to hear about this! How horrible for her family.
    May she RIP and justice be served.
    As a non-aboriginal person – reconciliation begins with solidarity with our First Nations communities.

    John Richard Allan November 4, 2017 at 7:27 pm #

    This was just not murder, it was also a hate crime. Where are those charges?

    Selina November 4, 2017 at 5:19 pm #

    Its people who think like you that makes our justi
    Ce sytem a country for criminals to live. They just get a slap on the wrist. Put the jails back to where the criminals actually hate to end up in. Punish the criminals for what they have done. Life has been taken away. For what reason? What did he get out of it? The question “Why” never seems to get answered. Too many loopholes in our justice system.

    Doyglas Bartlett November 4, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    People wwho die from smoking relates illness chose to smoke. Barbaara did not go oyt that day and decide to be hit with a trailer hitch

    Tihemme November 4, 2017 at 5:04 am #

    It’s about damn time.

    Joan November 4, 2017 at 3:08 am #

    Rest in peace Barbara. I never met you but I mourn you.

    Kim November 4, 2017 at 1:30 am #

    I am happy we live in a country where young people are given a chance to change. We shouldn’t lock him up and throw away the key. He’s a kid who made a terrible choice. And he has to live with himself. I hardly think his intention was to kill. And I think the focus should be rehabilitation. Not just punitive. Just a thought. But eye for and eye, life for a life. I don’t see how that helps anyone. Education, rehabilitation.

      Lisa November 4, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

      How do you know what his intentions were? Can you read minds or his thoughts as he threw that weapon of choice he used to kill his victim. Huh??? Sorry doesn’t cut or his youthfulness. He did it! Plain and simple as that. And he should pay the consequences for murder according to the laws of the land. Period.

      Linda November 4, 2017 at 8:16 pm #

      How do you know his intentions? Are you a mind reader? The punk threw a hitch at his victim. What don’t you understand about the circumstances as what he did. He wasn’t blind to his own actions. He made a conscious choice to throw that hitch and his actions killed a human being. There’s consequences for the choices people like him make and a wrong choice made to do evil has its due reward. There’s no getting out of it. There’s no…oooops sorry about it. A living soul was taken out that had just as much right to live as he has his chance to live his life but he made a choice and that choice has landed him in where he and his hand took him. Prison. Your bleeding heart for him is just that. Bleeding. Does he deserve a chance to change? He has to decide that for himself and the action he took will either change him for the good or for the bad. Again his choice. But he has to pay for taking a life. And pay he must according to the land.

    Lion November 4, 2017 at 12:57 am #

    One is First Nation (the victim) woman the other One is Canadian (accused) man That’s the difference here.. no justice for the race or sex .. more First Nation women have to die till we see justice. They can vote, work, be treated equally but no justice for the grandmothers,granddaughters,wifes,mothers, daughters sisters, nieces .. what goes around will come around.. in the eyes of God ..

    Audrey November 3, 2017 at 10:43 pm #

    We’ve come a long way from “the only good Indian is a dead one”. Teach your children better and let’s hope the justice system reflects social change. RIP Barbra

    Me me November 3, 2017 at 10:26 pm #

    This is jus sad that he’s always been getting a slap on the hand .. SICK SICK. shows how messed up the justice system is …

    Wagon Burner November 3, 2017 at 10:12 pm #

    How does this guy sleep at night?, and his accomplices?

    Steve Turner November 3, 2017 at 9:53 pm #

    The other people in the vehicle went to the cops and fingered the murderer. They actually helped, since no one got a plate number or even a clear look at anyone in the car in the first place.

    Sandra MacLeod November 3, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

    I thank the police for catching this person and with the courts for upgrading his charges..will be praying to the good Lord for justice to be served accordingly to all those responsible for her early demise..R.I.P. Barbara ( condolences to her family)

    Janet November 3, 2017 at 9:27 pm #

    Good…and he should be. What’s happening with the rest of them in the car and why is there no mention of them being charged. Why not? Charge them as well!! This lady did not deserve to have this horrible thing happen to her. Throw the book at all of them!!!

      Lee November 4, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

      I’m glad that he’s finally been charged. The police would never have found him if the other 3 hadn’t come forward and turned him in. That might be why they didn’t get charged

    Joe November 3, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

    Good, as he deserves to be.

    Alison Gillis November 3, 2017 at 5:36 pm #

    Thank God …

    Trish November 3, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

    She didn’t do anything to deserve that assault. If he were MY son I wouldn’t be standing up for him!

      linda November 4, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

      i agree with parents like his , that is probably why he did not think of the consequence of his actions , entitled thinking .

    Adrian November 3, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

    Dont let his peers get away either… I remember when aiding and abetting was tacked on to almost anyone standing by and watching anything go down

    Mii November 3, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

    Did the parent really say the boys were just having fun!

    Derek November 3, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    If it were native people that threw the trailer hitch and killing a white person they’d all be charged with first degree murder. But glad they charged him with second degree murder.

      Bob November 3, 2017 at 9:42 pm #

      Do you know what constitutes either of those charges? It’s very costly to be ignorant in life, less focus on race more on education.

    Tracy November 3, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    Well lets see how tough he is now. Hope you enjoy your time. Why hasn’t there been charges laid against the other idiots. Bet they are all crapping their pants.

    Glad to see something is being done.

    Miigwetch for the updates!

      sandie paul November 3, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

      sorry to hear of her passing…all my condolences to her family,friends and community…Barbara is in the company of her ancestors.
      in Spirit…from Roseland LaBrador

      I will say words to the Great Creator for justice for barbaras death for her family.

        Alma Belhumeur November 4, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

        Yes! My condolences as well to all family involved with having to experience going through something as horrible as this crime.May Barbara rest in peace and her family finds justice for her.

        I signed the petition for Barbara’s killer to get justice served to him.

        My best regards to the family with much love and concern for you all.

      freddie November 4, 2017 at 10:47 pm #

      Now her spirit can rest she got revange on her marduer

    chip November 3, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

    ok the cigarette company’s now can be charged with 2nd degree murder when someone dies from cancer caused by smoking ..great system we have

      Lady P November 3, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

      Are you serious? Do you not understand what happened here? The man deliberately threw a trailer hitch out the window of a moving vehicle with the intent of causing physical harm. He chose his victim because of her ethnicity and sex. He should be getting charged with murder in the first!

      Bert November 3, 2017 at 7:24 pm #

      Really?? Cigarettes vs racist murder?? Are you flippin serious??

      Judy November 3, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

      Really? Since when?

      Robin November 4, 2017 at 12:25 am #

      Well Chip, people choose to smoke. Barbara Kentner did not choose to be hit with a trailer hitch. This was a planned assault that resulted in the death of a young innocent woman. I think your reasoning needs a little work.

      Yorf November 4, 2017 at 4:52 am #

      Your comparison is insane. Please seek help from an adult you trust.

    Barbara Ann November 3, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    As it should be! The people in the vehicle should be charged as well… RIP Barbara Kentner

    Gerry Harris November 3, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

    Let us hope that because of the person murdered, that he doesn’t get off with a wrist slap. This was a premeditated killing and he should be sentenced accordingly. Life sounds about right with No parole for a minimum of 25 years. At least he is alive when his victim is not and she also leaves family whom have to deal with his cowardly act for the rest of their lives, Time to pay with a large portion of his life. Too bad the death penalty is no longer available in Canada.

    Peter Hardisty November 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

    Wow, about time, bastard rot in jail…

    JJ807 November 3, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

    Were the other people in the vehicle charged with anything?

      Sarahbellum November 3, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

      Very good question!

      Jasmine November 3, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

      Yes I totally agree. They had a role in it too

      kathy November 3, 2017 at 7:34 pm #

      none have come forward at this time.

      Tina Brett November 3, 2017 at 7:41 pm #

      I was just wondering that, I mean if it was a robbery the driver and passengers would be charge. They all planned this right down to searching for the trailer hitch and anything else and stalking us Indigenous women with the intent to harm and to flee as Hit and Run Drivers do which coincidentally is also a crime …. Just saying :/

      D. Edward November 3, 2017 at 10:26 pm #

      No they weren’t. Just Bushby himself. He was arrested this morning and had bail hearing same day. He was released with court conditions.

      Laurel L. Russwurm November 3, 2017 at 11:17 pm #

      I don’t think so..but two of them went to police and told them what happened (I think voluntarily, though I could be wrong.) So half the people in the car were not OK with it.

      Lindsay November 4, 2017 at 12:27 am #

      There were 3 others I believe. They should all be changed as accessories

    Rena Morrison November 3, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

    Way to go, Thunder Bay! Justice finally prevails.

      Christine Davis November 3, 2017 at 11:21 pm #

      Brayden Bushby should get life.You took this apawn yourself to KILL a mother , daughter , sister , aunt , cousin & friend.
      I don’t think your drinking or drugs are an excuse for the life of Barbara Kentner.I really hope that Brayden Bushby gets life without
      parole.Brayden I really hope that you really think about what you did taking a young girls mother away.

        Erika November 4, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

        Even though he says he was under the influence? He was able to use his arm and throw a very heavy piece of metal right at this lady. That was clearly a purposeful action. There is no excuse for this. That was an attempt to murder and he was successful. Life and no parole is what he should get!!!!

        Ron Thiessen November 4, 2017 at 8:18 pm #

        I agree too that Brayden Bushby should get life in prison. You took it upon Yourself to take and remove from so many the Life of a Woman who had so many roles in the Lives of others. You did kill a Mother, Daughter, Sister, an Auntie, a Cousin And A Friend and so much more. This Woman who You killed mattered so much. Maybe now You can spend the rest of Your Life thinking and mattering and making some good difference.

      Thelma Oliver November 4, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

      Glad the charges are upgraded to 2nd degree murder…tired of indigenous people…(my people)..being treated like animals