Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Prison in cards for fatal beating

Took part in killing of fellow inmate

  • Print

An ex-Most Organized Brothers gang associate is facing 12 more years in prison for the part he played in the horrific jailhouse beating death of a fellow inmate and member of the same gang.

Nathan Florian Allard, 22, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a charge of manslaughter for the May 2010 killing of Tyler St. Paul, 21, inside a cell at Manitoba's Milner Ridge Correctional Centre.

Allard was one of seven MOB members ordered by their ranking jailhouse leader to subject St. Paul to a "de-boarding" session to remove him from the gang after he signalled a desire to defect to another group.

The attackers grabbed St. Paul and pinned him down so he couldn't move. They took turns attacking him while holding a pillow over his face to stifle any screams of pain. After about 10 minutes, the leader came into the cell and called a halt to the beating.

St. Paul was able to summon assistance from correctional officers but died without being able to identify his attackers.

Allard and seven others were arrested for second-degree murder, but were directly indicted into the Court of Queen's Bench this year on a charge of manslaughter. It appears there was no specific intent to kill St. Paul and the beating session simply went too far.

Allard, who professes to no longer being tied to the MOB, is the last to be sentenced despite being the first to plead guilty.

His defence lawyer is seeking a nine-year term with the possibility of extra credit for some of the time he's spent awaiting the outcome of his case.

"Mr. Allard has steadfastly maintained his deep shame," Michael Dyck said Friday.

Allard's path to a life of crime began after he was bullied, belittled and discriminated against by a teacher, causing him to quit school and come to Winnipeg with no job skills, Dyck said.

He turned to gang life and dealing drugs to make money. This put him in custody after he was caught and he became ensnared in the gang-beating plan, said Dyck.

"I do see a link between his background and this offence," the lawyer said. Allard has taken steps where possible in custody to improve his life, but recognizes he has a way to go, court heard.

Crown attorney Keith Eyrikson asked Justice Albert Clearwater to note the paradox of Allard's claims.

"Yes, Mr. Allard was doing well in custody -- until he went and killed someone," said Eyrikson. "The irony should not be lost on this court."

Clearwater will decide the case on Jan. 8.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 21, 2013 A12

Fact Check

Fact Check

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.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Your top TV picks for August 25-28

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Perfect Day- Paul Buteux walks  his dog Cassie Tuesday on the Sagimay Trail in Assiniboine Forest enjoying a almost perfect  fall day in Winnipeg- Standup photo – September 27, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A monarch butterfly looks for nectar in Mexican sunflowers at Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Monday afternoon-Monarch butterflys start their annual migration usually in late August with the first sign of frost- Standup photo– August 22, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Did you suffer any damages from Thursday's storm?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google