Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 08/18/2014 5:03 PM | Comments: 0
Two young killers are set to be released from prison next week — a move justice officials warn could lead to increased hostilities within Winnipeg’s gang scene.
The men, who can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, previously admitted to the September 2009 killing of 17-year-old Frank Green Jr. His body was found at the St. Boniface Cemetery.
Both were given youth sentences of three years in jail followed by four years of community supervision, at a 2011 hearing.
Now 21 and 22, their custody is about to expire. They returned to court Monday for a judge to set conditions on their pending release.
Crown attorney Lisa Carson revealed both men appear unwilling to sever the gang ties that got them into trouble in the first place.
"More recently there has been significant involvement in gang activity (behind bars)," Carson said.
That prompted Queen’s Bench Justice Chris Martin to order that they both have no contact with any current or previous gang associates once they are released. Any breaches will have them automatically re-arrested and brought back into court.
"Fellas, you’re getting near the end of the road here. Don’t blow it," Martin warned them on Monday. He told the men that getting re-involved with gang activity is a sure-fire way to go back to prison.
"I hope you’ve learned a lesson. This is a vicious crime you’ve been involved with," said Martin.
Three other teens admitted to their roles in the killing but have not yet reached the end of their sentences. The five killers chased Green into the cemetery and attacked him with knives, a machete and a collapsible baton.
An autopsy showed eight of the nine stab wounds were in Green’s back. He also endured 41 blows from being kicked or punched. His killing was part of ongoing tension within rival Winnipeg gangs and led to numerous acts of violent retaliation, court was told.
Both killers have also been ordered to abstain from alcohol following their return to the community.
"I just want to get integrated into the community as a better person," one of the men said Monday.
"Everything that was given to us in jail we took advantage of. We tried to make the best of the situation," said the other.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Nepal quake death toll climbs to 1,910
Coulter the hero for Wheaties
Flames advance to second round of playoffs
Killer might be targeting Winnipeg's homeless
Winnipeg pastor helps parishioners in Nepal earthquake
The Opening Sky takes Book of the Year honour
Cloud Punchers recover U of W weather balloon
Canada to send disaster aid team to Nepal
Selinger silent on builder’s rush job claim
Mrazek shuts down Lightning again, Red Wings win Game 5
Judge: Attending Pink concert didn't harm New Jersey girl
Former Expos GM Jim Fanning dies at 87
Thousands march in Baltimore protest, with some violence
Google executive among hundreds dead from Nepal quake
Blue Jays have record 3 Canadian position players in lineup
The Cuban way: Life after 'El Bloqueo'
Man in hospital after overnight Windsor Park crash
High of 13 on Saturday, warmer on Sunday
Turbulence at the track
Fowler wins women's senior curling gold
PM: I'm Canada's crime fighter
You're all invited to a kick-off party
Willis guilty of first-degree murder
Farmers plowed under
Where are they...
Balanced budget off the table until 2018: NDP
Cash for nursing students in need
Key of Bart - Four Little Games
Police say downtown death of elderly man was homicide
Pick 3: Blue in position to solidify future in draft
Sales pitch to hockey players a lot easier, says Jets GM
Provincial govt. puts off balanced budget until 2018
Winnipeg woman 2nd in Manitoba to contract measles
The Jets are Winnipeg’s tribal totem
NDP’s deficit-funded election run
Accused in storage locker infants case released on bail
Glorious sporting past on display at WAG's Olympus exhibition
Vote against merger due to intolerance to LGBT community surprises credit union CEO
What lies behind mystery Calgary ad?
Jets GM enthusiastic about team, future