A Winnipeg gang member who provided key testimony in a jailhouse murder case has been sentenced to 11 years behind bars for his role in the death.
Jeffrey Bruyere pleaded guilty to manslaughter last year after justice officials agreed to drop a second-degree murder charge. He returned to court Wednesday for sentencing.
The case involves the May 2006 death of Sheldon McKay, a two-time convicted killer who was a prominent member of the Indian Posse. Bruyere, 35, and several other men were arrested in 2009 following a lengthy police investigation.
Last year, a jury found Raymond Chartrand guilty of second-degree murder for the attack, thanks largely to evidence provided by Bruyere. Chartrand was given a mandatory life sentence and his parole eligibility was raised to 15 years from the minimum of 10.
Two other accused, Adrian Young and Raymond Armstrong, admitted to manslaughter and were given 12 year sentences.
Bruyere, 44, told court 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 after he failed to show up for a planned visit with his girlfriend and two children. An autopsy found he asphyxiated.
McKay was serving a life sentence for manslaughter for his part in a gang-related attack.