Two men who pleaded guilty to their roles in a fatal shooting in Surrey, B.C., have been sentenced to life in prison.
A court ruling posted earlier this week shows that Calvin Junior Powery-Hooker and Nathan James De Jong learned last month they will not be eligible for parole for 20 years.
The men, who were in their early 20s at the time of the offence, both pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in June.
According to a transcription of Justice Michael J. Brundrett’s oral ruling, which was read in court in New Westminster on Sept. 10, both men said they were remorseful.
The charges stem from a shooting that occurred on Aug. 2, 2019, outside a Starbucks in Surrey. The victim had been in a Dodge Viper in the drive-thru at the time, and witnesses described seeing two masked men fire several bullets into the car.
Court documents showed that 12 shots were fired through the windows of the car as Suminder Ali “Allie” Grewal, 43, sat inside. He was fatally injured.
Investigators said at the time only that the victim was a “well-established member of an organized crime group,” but sources told CTV News previously that the victim was a member of the Hells Angels’ Hardside chapter.
First-degree murder charges were announced against Powery-Hooker and De Jong the day after the shooting. Police did not say how they’d tied the men to the incident in such a short time, but court documents state that there was a “high-speed police chase,” which ended with their arrests according to Justice Brundrett’s ruling.
At one point, the SUV they’d used to flee the scene was clocked at a speed greater than 150 km/h, Brundrett said, noting reports suggested the driver had to swerve around vehicles and pedestrians, and ran multiple red lights before both men were caught.