Ac­cused in swarm­ing gets 7 years

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A man found guilty of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der for his part in the swarm­ing death of a teenager out­side a Whistler con­ve­nience store has been sen­tenced to a min­i­mum of seven years in prison.

Two other youths who were con­victed of man­slaugh­ter in the death of 19-year-old

Luka Gordic of Burn­aby were sen­tenced to 18 months in cus­tody and an­other 18 months on pro­ba­tion.

The three men can’t be named be­cause they were ju­ve­niles at the time of the death.

The man found guilty of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der was sen­tenced as an adult and handed a life sen­tence, but he will be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for pa­role in seven years.

Pros­e­cu­tors said at the trial that up to 15 peo­ple swarmed Gordic in a planned at­tack in May 2015.

A fourth man was con­victed of man­slaugh­ter and sen­tenced in 2017 to seven years in prison, less time served.

Cheers erupted in the court­room on Fri­day when the B.C. Supreme Court judge read out the life sen­tence.

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