A Winnipeg gang member has been found guilty of killing a leader of his criminal organization while they were behind bars at Stony Mountain penitentiary.
Raymond Chartrand, 30, was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder and faces a mandatory life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 10 years. He will be sentenced later this spring.
Jurors heard several weeks of evidence but needed less than five hours of deliberations to reach their verdict.
The case involved the May 2006 death of Sheldon McKay, a two-time convicted killer who was a prominent member of the Indian Posse. Chartrand and four other co-accused were arrested in 2009 following a lengthy police investigation. The Crown called several gang members and former inmates to testify against Chartrand, including a man who claims he stood guard and watched as the attack occurred. Jurors clearly believed the evidence of Jeffrey Bruyere, a co-accused who wasn't offered any deal in exchange for his testimony. Bruyere claimed an internal gang decision was made to kill McKay because of increasing concerns about his ability to run the gang.
McKay, 30, was discovered dead in his cell by staff after he failed to show up for a planned visit with his girlfriend and two children. An autopsy found he was asphyxiated. McKay was serving a life sentence for manslaughter for his part in the May 26, 2000 slaying of Adrien Bruyere in a gang-related attack (Jeffrey Bruyere and Adrien Bruyere were not related).
-- Mike McIntyre