Stephen Foerster pleads guilty to accessory after the fact

UPDATED 3:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY: Stephen Foerster was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison, less 336 days for time served, for the charge of accessory after the fact.

Full story in Friday's Morning Star


Kathy Michaels

Black Press

The Cherryville man who covered his son’s tracks after he killed a teenage girl Halloween 2011, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the charge of accessory after the fact.

Stephen Foerster, 60, father of convicted murderer Matthew Foerster, pleaded guilty to a charge of accessory after the fact relating to the 2011 murder of Armstrong teenager Taylor Van Diest.

Crown counsel is seeking a three year sentence for Foerster, less the 336 days for incarceration time already served.

Crown counsel Chris Balison outlined to the court the extensive plans Foerster concocted to obscure the location of his son Matthew in the days following Van Diest’s murder.

In particular, Balison cited how the elder Foerster, a Cherryville resident,  purchased the identification of another man for his son to use so he could pass unnoticed as he started a new life in Collingwood, Ont.

With the new identification, Matthew Foerster was able to gain employment, find a place to rent and was working towards opening a bank account.

He also funneled a great deal of money to his son, and kept in regular contact with pay-as-you-go mobile phones as a police homed in on the family as an integral part of the investigation.

Stephen Foerster’s efforts to hide the whereabouts of his son took place between November 2011 and April 4, 2012, when both he and his son were arrested.

Justice Peter Rodgers questioned the sentence put forth by Crown before defence put forth its sentencing submission.

“Given the heinous crime this fella... he let a killer loose,” he said. “I’m having a hard time with three years.”

With the judge’s comments in mind, defense counsel Joe Deuling asked for an early lunch break, noting they’d like to discuss a few things with their client before moving forward with his submission.

All parties will return to court at 1:30 p.m.


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