Men accused in drug debt murder case plead to manslaughter – Alberta News

Men accused in drug debt murder case plead to manslaughter – Alberta News

A pair of men who admitted to shooting and beating another man over a drug debt were handed prison sentences Thursday after entering guilty pleas to manslaughter charges.

Joseph Gordon Charron, 27, and David James Klassen, 28, admitted to causing the death of Trevor Deleeuw, 26, in a staged attack on April 5, 2016.

Following a joint submission by Crown prosecutor Breena Smith and defence lawyer Clayton Rice, Klassen was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and has more than 7-1/2 years left to serve after being given credit for time in pretrial custody.

Charron’s lawyer Simon Renouf also made a joint submission on sentencing with prosecutors for a 1o-year global sentence: eight years for manslaughter, and two for a separate fentanyl trafficking conviction. With credit for time served, Charron has less than eight years left on his sentence.

According to an agreed statement of facts, Deleeuw was a drug user and trafficker who worked for Klassen. In the year leading up to his death, Deleeuw stole drugs and money from Klassen, and then fled the area with his girlfriend Brooke Semeniuk. Semeniuk told police Deleeuw owed Klassen about $75,000.

In early April 2015, Deleeuw and Semeniuk returned to Edmonton, and made plans to meet up with some friends to do drugs. One of the friends was Shane Fry, who tipped Klassen off that Deleeuw was back in town.

On the evening of April 6, Deleeuw and Semeniuk were picked up in St. Albert by a vehicle driven by Gerald Bradley, with Brandi Parks and and Fry as passengers. The group drove to the Winterburn Road area and stopped at a Happy Mart. Store surveillance showed Fry making a phone call. The group then drove to a parking lot…

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