A Winnipeg gang member choked to death on his own blood after being the victim of an eight-on-one attack by members of his own criminal organization, court has been told.
Details of the May 2011 attack inside Milner Ridge Correctional Centre emerged Thursday at the sentencing hearing for one of the accused.
Tyler St. Paul, 21, suffered extensive trauma after other M.O.B. members learned he was thinking about joining one of their rivals, the Rock Machine. So a plan was hatched to give him a timed beating which included pinning him down, putting a pillow over his face and repeatedly punching and kicking him.
But the attack, which was meant to send a message, ended up being fatal.
"This kind of behavior has to be punished severely," Crown attorney Keith Eyrikson told court Thursday. He is seeking a 12-year prison sentence for Nathan Allard, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter for his role in the attack.
Allard was serving a drug sentence at Milner. He admits to helping hold St. Paul down and delivering several blows to him. His lawyer is seeking a lesser sentence than the Crown, and the sentencing will be continued later this year.
Two others have previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Joey Delaronde, 27, was given a seven-year-sentence after agreeing to co-operate with justice officials and provide testimony against his co-accused. And 19-year-old man, who was 17 at the time, has agreed to be sentenced as an adult in a hearing expected to take place later this fall.
The other five accused remain before the courts, although Eyrikson said Thursday talks are ongoing about possible resolutions.