Man convicted of deadly shooting at Toronto community centre gets life in prison


    A person who carried out an execution-style killing at a busy Toronto community centre has been sentenced to life in prison with no likelihood of parole for 15 years.

    Reshane Hayles-Wilson, convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of Neeko Mitchell, was handed his sentence Friday.

    On Nov. 24, 2013, Hayles-Wilson fatally shot Mitchell at the North Kipling Community Centre, the place a basketball match was going down.

    Surveillance footage captured Hayles-Wilson exchanging a greeting with Mitchell close to the entrance doorways. He then fired eight pictures at Mitchell from level clean vary, aiming at the sufferer’s very important organs.

    “There was a plan to murder Mr. Mitchell,” Justice Michael Code stated in his sentencing determination.

    Neeko Mitchell was at the community centre to observe his brother play basketball earlier than he was shot. (Toronto Police Service)

    Hayles-Wilson, now 27, went into hiding for round 10 months after the shooting earlier than his eventual arrest.

    The Crown had been in search of a minimal of 20 years with out parole whereas Hayles-Wilson’s defence workforce argued for 13 to 14 years.

    Code settled on 15 years, citing Hayles-Wilson’s comparatively younger age, lack of prior legal file and proof of pro-social behaviour in his historical past. Nevertheless, he additionally famous that the busy location of the shooting and its deliberate nature factored into his sentencing determination.

    Sufferer’s household disillusioned

    Mitchell’s household, who sobbed when Code repeated parts of their sufferer impression statements, thanked the Crown however stated they have been disillusioned in the sentence.

    “We’re not in settlement with it,” stated Mitchell’s father Patrick Griscombe exterior the courtroom. He and his household had been hoping for a 20 12 months sentence for Mitchell’s killer.

    Mitchell, who was 25-years-old at the time of his loss of life, had two younger daughters.

    On the conclusion of his sentencing determination, Code immediately addressed Hayles-Wilson, expressing doubt that he ought to be granted parole after 15 years.

    Choose has blunt phrases for convicted killer

    Code stated Hayles-Wilson has not but appeared to take duty for his actions on the evening of the shooting.

    “I am not satisfied of your rehabilitative potential,” Code stated bluntly. “You have to come to phrases with this offence.”

    Mitchell’s household stated they may attend Hayles-Wilson’s first parole listening to when it arrives, more likely to argue for a denial of parole.

    Griscombe famous that his granddaughters will younger adults by the point of the listening to.

    Earlier than courtroom was adjourned, Code thanked each Mitchell and Hayes-Wilson’s households for his or her cooperation throughout the trial.

    “Mr Hayles-Wilson’s household has misplaced their son to a life sentence,” he stated. “Mr. Mitchell’s household has misplaced their son to a loss of life sentence.”



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