Men convicted of Reno Lee murder have unrelated charges dropped
Days after Reno Lee was confined and shot to death in a Regina basement, it was alleged a then31-year-old woman was kidnapped and held against her will by the same three men since convicted in Lee’s death.
But on Friday — with Andrew Bellgarde, Bronson Gordon and Daniel Theodore now serving life sentences for Lee’s first-degree murder — the Crown brought an end to proceedings in the kidnapping case by filing written stays. Trial dates had been set for the latter part of May and early June on charges that included kidnapping and unlawful confinement of the woman on April 22, 2015.
Gordon faced additional charges from the same date, including assault causing bodily harm, use of a firearm (a sawed-off shotgun) while committing a forcible confinement, possessing a firearm while prohibited from doing so by court order, and several other firearms-related charges. Gordon and Theodore also faced allegations they breached court-imposed conditions.
The three men stood trial earlier this year on charges related to the April 16, 2015, death of Lee, with a jury finding all three guilty of first-degree murder. Bellegarde and Theodore were also convicted of offering an indignity to human remains in connection with the dismemberment of Lee’s body after his death.
All three have since filed appeals. Witnesses testified Lee was initially confined at Gordon’s apartment before being taken to a house where he was bound in the basement and eventually shot twice in the head. Bags containing his dismembered body were found in a shallow grave on the edge of the Starblanket First Nation later that month.
The incident involving the 31-year-old woman was said to have taken place less than a week after the homicide. According to information released by the Regina Police Service at the time, the incident was reported to have begun at a residence on the 2100 block of Angus Street, continuing on the 4400 block of Pasqua Street before returning to the original location.
The Crown prosecutor in charge of the file could not be reached for comment on the reason for the stays of proceeding.