Andrew Jongbloets has been sentenced for his role in the 2014 Boxing Day murders that left two people dead in Anahim Lake.
On Wednesday, March 7 at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster, Jongbloets was sentenced to six years and two months in prison and was given a 10-year weapons ban.
Initially charged with second-degree murder, Jongbloets was found guilty of the lesser charge manslaughter in the deaths of 23-year-old Matthew Hennigar and 22-year-old Kalvin Andy on Dec. 15, 2017.
Two others accused in the deaths, Christian Craciun and Serena Rhem, were acquitted in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. All three had been charged with second-degree murder.
Jongbloets has a lengthy criminal record with over 60 different charges dating back to 2007.
On Dec. 26, 2014, the Anahim Lake RCMP received a report just before midnight of shots being fired at a home in the 2100 block of Dorsey Road.
Upon arrival, police found Hennigar and Andy dead. Hennigar lived in Anahim Lake and Andy was from Bella Coola.
Police said the victims and accused were known to one another, although their relationships and the motive for the killings were not released at the time.
In December the judge granted an application from the defence lawyer to apply a publication ban on all evidence heard during trial. Bryan “Everett” O’Reilly is charged with first-degree murder and his trial is currently underway in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.
In 2016, charges were dropped against Lucille Mack, 33, and Steven Mecham, 22, who were each facing two counts of manslaughter using a firearm in the case.