Five plead guilty to Bacon murder plot
Paramedics work on Jonathan Bacon in Kelowna after he was shot in 2011. Five men from the UN gang pleaded guilty on conspiracy charges in a plot to kill their rivals, the Bacon Brothers, on Monday. (QMI AGENCY)
Five alleged members of the UN Gang pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to kill their rivals — the Bacon brothers.
Yong Lee, Dilun Heng, Karwan Ahmet Saed, Barzan Tilli-Choli and Ion Kroitoru pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver.
Jonathan Bacon was killed in Kelowna in 2011 and his brothers Jarrod and Jamie are both in prison serving sentences for various crimes.
The five were initially also charged with murder for the death of 24-year-old Jonathan Barber, a car stereo installer shot in what is thought to be a case of mistaken identity.
They were also charged with the attempted murder of Vicky King, Barber’s girlfriend. Both of these charges are being stayed, said Crown spokesman Neil MacKenzie, who added the lesser charge of conspiracy is more in keeping with the facts of the case.
“None of the evidence available establishes that any of these five accused were directly involved in the killing of Mr. Barber and the attempted murder of Ms. King,” said MacKenzie.
Earlier this year another man, Daniel Russell, also pleaded guilty to a role in the conspiracy, as well as a manslaughter charge in the Jonathan Bacon death, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The heavily guarded courtroom was packed with media for the trial, with one of the men turning around to motion to a court sketch artist to show her rendering of the accused, giving a thumbs up that sparked laughter.
The sentencing is expected to take place through Wednesday.