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Gang pair gets 12 years in Stony slaying

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TWO Winnipeg gang members have been sentenced to 12 years in prison for their role in a slaying that happened behind bars at Stony Mountain.

Raymond Joseph Armstrong, 39, and Adrian Claude Young, 31, pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the May 2006 attack. Both men appeared in court Thursday to learn their fate.

The case involves the death of Sheldon McKay, a two-time convicted killer who was a prominent member of the Indian Posse.

Two other accused have already been convicted. A jury found Raymond Chartrand, 30, guilty of second-degree murder and gave him life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 15 years. Jeffrey Bruyere, 44, admitted to manslaughter and is awaiting sentence.

Bruyere provided key testimony at Chartrand's trial, telling jurors he stood guard and watched as the deadly beating occurred. He said an internal 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 by staff after he failed to show up for a planned visit with his girlfriend and two children. An autopsy found he was asphyxiated.

-- Mike McIntyre

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 14, 2012 A16

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