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Teen to be sentenced as adult for killing rival gang member

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David Vincett, 20, was shot and killed in 2011.


David Vincett, 20, was shot and killed in 2011.

A 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty today to the execution-style killing of a rival gang member two years ago in the city’s North End.

The boy, who was 14 at the time, shot David Michael Vincett, 20, in the back of the head with a .357 Magnum revolver in the early morning of Sept. 25, 2011.

The boy will be sentenced Sept. 9.

At a preliminary hearing in January, court was told that the boy was caught after his younger brother told school officials that his brother had committed the killing.

Crown counsel Lisa Carson said when arrested by police, the boy admitted to the killing, saying it was in revenge for the stabbing death of a fellow Indian Posse member a couple of weeks earlier.

Carson said the boy had bought the .357 Magnum and 20 rounds of ammunition following the killing of his friend, Clark Stevenson, who was 15, vowing revenge on the rival MOB gang, believed responsible for Stevenson’s death.

The boy went to a friend’s house in the 500-block of Boyd Avenue in the early hours of Sept. 25, 2011, where he showed them the revolver and made his vow to kill an MOB gang member.

Just at that time, Vincett was walking down Boyd wearing MOB colours – a bandana and neck scarf. The boy ran after Vincett and confronted him, calling out to him: "IP."

Carson said the boy told police that Vincett replied: "MOB … P-K," which in street lingo means, ‘Posse Killer,’ that he was a member of the MOB and he had killed an IP gang member.

The boy told police he pulled out his handgun and Vincett fled.

Carson said the boy dropped to one knee, held the handgun with both hands and fired a single shot at Vincett, hitting him in the back of the head.

Vincett was thrown to the ground and died instantly. A passerby found him and contacted 911.

The boy ran to his home on Aberdeen Avenue, where he told his mother, two sisters and brother what he had done. One of his sisters took the handgun and bullets and hid them at her house and his mother told her other son to take his brother’s clothes and put them in the trash.

Vincett’s mother told the Free Press later that her son was not in a gang but wore gang colors because he thought that would provide him protection from other gangs.

This was not the first time the accused boy had used a firearm on an unarmed individual. Just before he killed Vincett, the boy had been released from custody for firing a shotgun at a postal carrier.

When the boy was 13 years old, he had confronted a postal carrier in the afternoon of November 2010 on Aberdeen Avenue. The boy demanded money from the 51-year-old postal carrier and pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and fired it, narrowly missing the postal carrier, who managed to escape unhurt.

The boy spent three months in custody before he pleaded guilty in March 2011 to several offences and was given three more months in custody, followed by three months of community supervision and two years of supervised probation.

The boy’s defence counsel has not objected to a Crown motion to have him sentenced as an adult, which will see him serve between five to seven years before he is eligible for parole.


Updated on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 3:44 PM CDT: Corrects headline.

9:15 PM: Corrects cutline. Avenue, not street.

9:26 PM: Fix cutline.

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