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Gang killing gets 12 years

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A case of mistaken gang identity cost one young Winnipeg man his life and another a large chunk of freedom.

Chance Guimond, 21, learned Wednesday he'll spend 12 years in prison for his role in the fatal shooting death of Darren George, 22, early on Dec. 7, 2011.

Guimond pleaded guilty to a count of manslaughter. It was a move accepted by prosecutors in answer to a charge of second-degree murder, one they concede they couldn't prove.

Guimond, a member of the Mad Cowz street gang, instigated a confrontation with George in a Toronto Street back lane, believing he was a member of the rival Manitoba Warriors because of the colour of his jacket.

While specifics of how events unfolded are murky, a comment along the line of, "What's up, you want some beef (a fight)?," was hurled toward George, Crown prosecutor Jocelyn Ritchot said. "Empty your pockets," Guimond was heard telling him.

A co-accused retrieved a rifle hidden in a nearby yard and fired several shots. Two bullets struck George, severely injuring him, .

Guimond then went through George's pockets and took a can of bear spray from him. At no time did George produce a weapon or inflame the incident.

Guimond fled the city soon after and was arrested weeks later in Calgary.

George was in a gang, but not the Manitoba Warriors, Court of Queen's Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal was told.

Prosecutors said they were compelled to take a plea deal in the case because convicting Guimond of murder wasn't likely to happen, court heard. "We have to concede that there was no direct evidence of specific intent," Ritchot said.

 

-- James Turner

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 30, 2014 A8

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