B.C. high court up­holds man­slaugh­ter con­vic­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

VAN­COU­VER — Two Kelowna, B.C., men con­victed of man­slaugh­ter in the beat­ing death of a 51-year-old man have lost ap­peals in the prov­ince’s high­est court. Matthew McRae and An­son Schell were sen­tenced to three-and-a-half years and three-years re­spec­tively for their part in the slay­ing of Dain Phillips dur­ing a feud in Kelowna in June, 2011. The two ap­pealed, ar­gu­ing they did not play a part be­cause the fa­tal blows were de­liv­ered by oth­ers. In a unan­i­mous rul­ing, the B.C. Court of Ap­peal re­jected the claim, find­ing McRae and Schell knew a fight was brew­ing with Phillips and his sons, and were aware of a plan to harm them dur­ing a pre-ar­ranged meet­ing set up by McRae’s younger brother. Daniel McRae, who was 19 at the time, was sen­tenced to just un­der five years and did not ap­peal his Oc­to­ber 2014 con­vic­tion. Two other men, both with con­nec­tion to the Hells An­gels, pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter and were sen­tenced to 15 years in prison in early 2014, while a sixth man was ac­quit­ted.

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