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A jury deliberated for just two hours and nine minutes Thursday before convicting two Winnipeg men of first-degree murder in the brutal death of Chad Davis.
Corey Tymchyshyn, 37, and Kristopher Brincheski, 31, will serve life sentences for Davis's killing, which took place inside the garage at 703 Prince Rupert Ave. on Feb. 6, 2008.
"Nobody deserves this kind of fate regardless of what they were involved in," Court of Queen's Bench Justice Brenda Keyser told the men.
"It is shocking to see the cold-blooded manner in which this was carried out and the way the body was disposed," Keyser said. "This was a particularly callous killing."
Tymchyshyn remained composed as the verdict was read, while Brincheski appeared to cry and shook in the prisoner's dock.
The jury believed the men lured Davis, 22, to the garage with the intent of killing him before sealing his body in a plastic barrel and dumping it in the Lee River outside Lac du Bonnet.
Davis was declared a missing person soon after and remained so for 189 days until his badly beaten body was found in the barrel July 23, 2008.
Prosecutors asserted Davis, a cocaine dealer, was killed in cold blood over a drug debt Tymchyshyn owed.
Tymchyshyn and Brincheski were friends and became partners in a roofing business not long after the killing.
The men were arrested Sept. 11, 2008.
The case was unusual because both men took to the witness box to advance a "cut-throat defence."
Each blamed the other and swore they neither witnessed nor participated in the homicide.
Brincheski painted Tymchyshyn as a man with a propensity toward violence and intimidation, while Tymchyshyn claimed Brincheski was a liar who was tailoring his testimony to counter the Crown's case.
Each accused admitted to helping the other dispose of Davis's body.
At the centre of the Crown's case were two text messages sent from Tymchyshyn meant for Brincheski around the time Davis was bludgeoned in the garage, wrapped in plastic sheeting and put into the barrel.
"We will be in soon," said one. "He's wearing a hat don't miss," said the next.
Davis suffered numerous head wounds, several of them indicative of being bashed with a hammer-like object, court heard.
He had no defensive wounds. Forensic officers discovered a single drop of blood containing Davis's DNA in the garage.
RCMP investigators went to great lengths to develop physical evidence, including tracing and recovering bits of the plastic sheeting torn out of the garage to a shed in Anola, and performing experiments on a similar barrel in an effort to recreate the type of shavings seen in the rear of Davis's Jeep.
Crown attorney Keith Eyrikson offered few words as the men were sentenced to life, saying the mandatory life term is "fit and proper."
He acknowledged Davis's death and the subsequent court process has been difficult on Davis's family.
"It is my hope this will provide some form of solace," Eyrikson said.
Neither Brincheski nor Tymchyshyn spoke when Keyser offered them the chance.
While they are ineligible to apply for parole for 25 years, they are eligible to request a faint-hope hearing after serving 15 years.
The pair was charged prior to amendments to the Criminal Code in December 2011 that repealed the faint-hope clause.
A family's pain
"He was not offered the chance to grow up, to get married, to have children, to enjoy the many things most of us take for granted in our lives. He was not given this opportunity because it was savagely stolen from him that fateful day... Time will not bring my brother back..."
-- Chad Davis's brother, Kyle Davis, in a statement read by the Crown
"I can't put it in words how I felt that he didn't come back... At the beginning I never felt that (the police) were doing much to find out where he had gone. And I'd be raging... And it turns out that they did everything and more and I couldn't be more thankful knowing what they did to get the truth."
-- Davis's girlfriend Courtney Sych
"How can you understand the excruciating pain of bringing our son to his death? Murdered by two cowards who stuffed him into a barrel... The continuous pain of being revictimized during the past six years... the terror of having to testify, and the horror of being cross-examined and being unable to defend our son... There is nothing we can say or do that will make you understand our pain."
-- Stuart Davis, Chad's father
"Our worst nightmares became our reality. It is truly beyond my comprehension how two human beings could do this to another. Chad's murder took away our son, a brother, an uncle, a grandson, a nephew, a cousin and a friend who was dearly loved. How does a parent put into words the horror of having their youngest son missing for 189 agonizing days only to find out he's had his head beaten in, wrapped in plastic, folded in a barrel and left to rot in the Lee River..."