An innocent man sitting on the front porch of his mother’s home was shot dead, execution-style, in a case of mistaken identity.
Now the man who pulled the trigger has admitted to the senseless slaying.
Travis Personius, 23, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. His parole eligibility was raised to 15 years – the mandatory minimum is 10 – as part of a joint-recommendation from Crown and defence lawyers.
In exchange, the Crown dropped the more serious charge of first-degree murder.
Anthony Woodhouse, 29, was gunned down in September 2007 outside a Boyd Avenue home. His mother found him bleeding profusely from the head. She gave an emotional victim impact statement Thursday describing her ongoing anger. Woodhouse was survived by a newborn son.
Police began a lengthy investigation that ended in August 2009 with the arrests of the accused, who are prominent members of the Indian Posse.
According to the Crown, Personius simply walked up to Woodhouse and asked him if he was "down with the IP." When Woodhouse replied "No," Personius shot him point-blank in the head.
Personius was acting on orders from co-accused Tyson Roulette, who apparently heard there were rival gang members at a home on Boyd Avenue and told Personius to go to the residence and "take care of them," court was told.
Roulette – the leader of the IP – then sent Personius a text message with the specific address to target. That’s where Personius, described in court as a low-level gang "striker", found Woodhouse sitting outside.
Roulette has already pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 10 years.
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