AMHERST – An 18-year-old Springhill man has received a life sentence for killing his mother last October.
Zachary Quinn Brake appeared before Justice J.E. Scanlan in Supreme Court in Amherst on Monday.
He was charged with the Oct. 24, 2011 second-degree murder of Tracy Ann Rudderham while she slept in the bedroom of her Mechanic Street residence.
Brake will not be eligible for parole for 13 years and is banned from owning or possessing firearms for 25 years. He must also provide a DNA sample.
Several days had been set aside this month for a trial, but Brake attended court in early August and changed his plea of guilty.
In the statement of facts presented to the court, it was reported that Brake was on a probation order when he left a youth residence in Moncton on Oct. 9, 2011 and at the time of the incident he was living with his mother in a mobile home owned by her boyfriend, who was doing time in the Central Nova Correctional Centre in Burnside.
On the day prior to the murder, Brake found a place to party. He had consumed alcohol, marijuana and amphetamines. The next evening, they watched a movie before his mother went to bed.
Sometime later, after midnight, he went to the kitchen to make some food and claimed to have discovered a crack pipe on top of the fridge and a needle in the kitchen cupboard. He said finding these items enraged him because his mother had promised him she was off drugs.
He went to the cupboard above the dryer in the bathroom and located a piece of polished marble he had seen there earlier in the day. He went into his mother’s bedroom and found her asleep. He struck her “multiple times with great force, essentially crushing her skull.”
After she made a “groaning” noise, he then struck her with pots from the kitchen and stabbed her with knives, also from the kitchen. She was stabbed several times in the neck, torso and face with three knives.
After the murder he decided his only option was to turn himself in. He walked to the Springhill Police Department office and told police that he had “possibly killed his mother” and gave officers the trailer’s address on Mechanic Street. He was read his Charter rights and police caution and placed in a cell. He did not want to talk to a lawyer.
Three police officers and paramedics from EHS went to the residence and Rudderham was pronounced dead at 3:18 a.m.