A B.C. Supreme Court judge sentenced a senior gang member of Vancouver-area, Daniel Russell, to 12 years in prison on Friday, as he pleaded guilty to charges including a murder plot and killing. 32-years-old Russell has been kept in custody since 2009, received nearly eight years of credit for time served, leaving another four years and two months left in his sentence. Russell was a senior member in the United Nations gang, who pleaded guilty to plotting to kill his rivals, often named in B.C. as the Bacon brothers, including Jonathan Bacon, James Bacon and Jarrod Bacon and their Red Scorpions gang associates.
Additionally, Russell admitted to his role in manslaughter of Jonathan Barber, who was killed in a case of mistaken identity in May 2008. Media has been restrained from reporting mainly any of the evidence provided as part of Russell’s guilty plea due to a sweeping publication ban for protecting the trials of others. However, Russell admitted to his role in a murder conspiracy between January 2008 and February 2009. Barber was murdered few months after that plot began, while he was driving a Porsche in suburban Burnaby, east of Vancouver, when the vehicle was sprayed by bullets. Reports claim that the Porsche was owned by Jamie Bacon.
Associate Chief Justice Austin Cullen, who sentenced Russell in B.C. Supreme Court, mentioned in a strongly worded sentencing decision, that “those who engage in well-organized criminal activity for profit, enforced by violence, live outside any reasonable norm.”
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