Guilty plea in 2016 West Kelowna attempted murder

The victim of a shooting in West Kelowna in 2016 was driving this BMW, which crashed shortly after.
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KELOWNA – A West Kelowna man pleaded guilty to trying to kill another man in West Kelowna two summers ago.

Tyrone Reynolds McGee, 31, was arrested in a ditch not far from Hudson Road, where police say he shot a man around 10 p.m. Aug. 2, 2016.

Reginald Purdom, 48, was shot multiple times. A media release from RCMP at the time said McGee was on a bicycle when he pulled out a gun and fired several rounds into Purdom's BMW. Purdom fled, striking McGee with the car. A source at Kelowna General Hospital says he was shot six times in the body, arms and legs.

Vancouver Sun reporter Kim Bolan says Purdom pleaded guilty in 2006 to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and ecstacy in Washington State and is a key witness in a case involving Surrey resident Kevin Donald Kerfoot, who is in Canadian custody appealing extradition to the U.S.

Purdom spent 54 months in a U.S. prison in 2006 after identifying Kerfoot as the mastermind of the operation. Kerfoot has been ordered for extradition but has appealed, Bolan reported.

McGee, who has been in custody since his arrest, initially plead not guilty to a charge of attempted murder for a criminal organization, but today, April 6, he changed his mind.

His lawyer Robert Dick told Justice Alan Betton in Kelowna Supreme Court today that his client would seek to have the remaining gun charges stayed.

Crown lawyer Murray Kaay said he would agree once the guilty plea was entered.

“While it may not be a joint submission it is awfully close,” Dick said.

He is expected to be sentenced this month.

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