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Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in Surrey Six case

Eileen Mohan, whose 22-year-old son Chris was killed along with five other people at a Surrey, B.C., high rise in 2007, leaves B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Reputed gang leader Jamie Bacon has pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from the 2007 shootings. The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade.
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July 09, 2020 - 3:04 PM

VANCOUVER - Reputed gang leader Jamie Bacon pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge stemming from shootings in 2007 that left six people dead at a highrise apartment building in Surrey, British Columbia.

Bacon pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to murder in the so-called Surrey Six case. He also pleaded guilty to one count of counselling to commit murder in a separate case involving the shooting of a man who survived an attack on Dec. 31, 2008.

Sentencing has been tentatively scheduled for July 23 when victim impact statements will be heard by the court.

Court heard a joint sentencing submission that includes 18 years for conspiracy to murder and 10 years for counselling to commit murder to be served concurrently.

Outside court, defence lawyer Kevin Westell said if the sentencing submission is accepted, Bacon is looking at an additional five to six years in prison after time served is taken into account.

Bacon was also charged with one count of first-degree murder in the Surrey Six case, but only pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge as part of a plea deal. Court heard the murder charge will be stayed at the sentencing hearing.

Police have said four of the victims were targeted but Chris Mohan, who lived on the floor where the killings occurred, and Ed Schellenberg, a maintenance worker, were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In court documents, the Crown alleges that at the time of the murders Bacon was a leader of the Red Scorpions gang.

The officer in charge of the investigation previously told the court it was one of the largest and most complex investigations that police have undertaken in the province. By November 2016, about 1,300 officers had been involved in the investigation.

In 2014, two men were convicted of six counts of first-degree murder in the Surrey Six case.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 9, 2020.

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