Man gets two years in jail for his role in 2006 homi­cide

Calgary Herald - - CITY + REGION -

RED DEER A cen­tral Al­berta man who drove the get­away ve­hi­cle in an Eckville-area homi­cide 12 years ago has been sen­tenced to two years in jail.

Shayne Gulka, 46, pleaded guilty to ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact to mur­der.

He was orig­i­nally charged with first-de­gree mur­der and kid­nap­ping with a hand­gun in the death of Bradley Web­ber.

Web­ber was gunned down inside his RV in 2006 by mem­bers of a gang who wanted to take over his drug op­er­a­tion.

Kevin Brown was charged with first-de­gree mur­der and kid­nap­ping, but died in March with­out ap­pear­ing in court.

An­other man, known as A.B., was granted im­mu­nity in the case.

Be­fore sen­tenc­ing, Web­ber’s daugh­ter tear­fully read a vic­tim im­pact state­ment in Red Deer court.

Tori Web­ber said the loss of her father has cre­ated a huge void in her life and has since led to strug­gles with de­pres­sion, two sui­cide at­tempts and sub­stance abuse.

“My pain and suf­fer­ing will last in­def­i­nitely,” she said Fri­day.

Gulka read a short let­ter in court ex­press­ing his re­grets to Web­ber’s fam­ily.

“I just want to say I’m sorry,” he said in a trem­bling voice.

Out­side court, de­fence lawyer Michael Scrase said it is un­for­tu­nate that Gulka will be the only per­son to serve jail time for Web­ber’s mur­der.

“Mr. Gulka would have liked to have had his trial on this,” Scrase said.

“He would have liked the pub­lic to know all the facts, but I can’t think of any spe­cific lessons that re­ally are learned in this other than be­ing in­volved in the drug scene is a tough way to live your life.”

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