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Anthony Woodhouse was killed in cold blood, a victim of mistaken identity whose final moments alive were in the arms of his hysterical mother.
The 29-year-old man was shot execution-style as he sat on the porch of a North End home. On Thursday, the man who pulled the trigger was sentenced.
"Wrong place, wrong time. It's just completely tragic," Crown attorney Carla Dewar told the Free Press.
Travis Personius, 23, was given 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.
Woodhouse died in September 2007 outside his mother's Boyd Avenue residence. The woman 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 arrest of three 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.
A third accused, Lance Leon Myran, was originally charged with conspiracy to commit murder but the Crown has since stayed proceedings against him.
"Mr. Personius is thankful the court process is now concluded. He plans to pursue a college education in the years to come and become a productive member of society once he has served his federal sentence," defence lawyer Mike Cook said outside court.
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