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Life in prison for killer of pizza delivery driver

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Gerald Crayford was described by those who knew him as a gentle, giving man who helped raise three stepchildren with his longtime wife.

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Gerald Crayford was described by those who knew him as a gentle, giving man who helped raise three stepchildren with his longtime wife.

A Winnipeg man has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years for the killing of a Pizza Hotline employee in 2011.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Rick Saull revealed the sentence today in a hearing for Byron Charlie Bushie, who he found guilty last year.

Saull called the case "depressing and enraging."

Gerald Crayford was murdered inside the pizza franchise on Concordia Avenue on the morning of May 15, 2011.

Saull had earlier found Bushie was a principal actor in Crayford's death despite the fact he didn't inflict the fatal blows that killed the well-liked and gentle-mannered 54-year-old.

Bushie's acts of trying to stab the victim and then holding him down while co-accused Dylan Sinclair hit him twice with the blunt end of an axe made no difference when it came to assessing culpability, Saull noted last December.

Bushie and Sinclair cased the pizza shop before the robbery, then burst in armed and masked, court was told. The terrifying event was captured on in-store surveillance video.

Sinclair, who was charged and dealt with in court as a youth, was handed the maximum available sentence of life without a chance at parole for seven years. He was sentenced as an adult, thus removing the restrictions on publicizing his identity. He was 15 at the time he killed Crayford.

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