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12-year sentences handed down for prison killing

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Two Winnipeg gang members have been sentenced to 12 years in prison for their role in a slaying that happened behind bars at Stony Mountain.

Raymond Joseph Armstrong, 39, and Adrian Claude Young, 31, pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the May 2006 attack. Both men appeared in court Thursday to learn their fate.

The case involves the death of Sheldon McKay, a two-time convicted killer who was a prominent member of the Indian Posse.

Two other accused have already been convicted. Raymond Chartrand, 30, was found guilty by a jury of second-degree murder and given life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 15 years. Jeffrey Bruyere, 44, admitted to manslaughter and is awaiting sentence.

Bruyere provided key testimony at Chartrand’s trial, telling jurors he stood guard and watched as the deadly beating occurred. He said an internal gang decision was made to kill McKay because of increasing concerns about his ability to run the gang.

Staff discovered McKay, 30, dead in his cell by staff after he failed to show up for a planned visit with his girlfriend and two children. An autopsy found he was asphyxiated.

McKay was serving a life sentence for manslaughter for his part in the May 26, 2000, slaying of Adrien Bruyere in a gang-related attack (Jeffrey Bruyere and Adrien Bruyere were not related).

www.mikeoncrime.com

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