Three men charged in connection with the killing of 19-year-old Nicholas Hannon of Langley have pled guilty to second-degree murder and will serve life in prison with no chance of parole for 18 years.
Bradley Flaherty, Keith Tankard and Connor Campbell were originally charged with first-degree murder.
Hannon was missing for 18 months before his body was discovered in a wooded area of Mission in 2015.
Criminal Justice Branch spokesperson Dan McLaughlin says offence was caused by a number of factors, including immaturity, fear of Hannon, anger towards Hannon, and drug use.
Craig Hannon once coached hockey to the three young men charged with murdering his son.
“Full credit to IHIT for following through on the charges. It shouldn’t matter from what walk of life or who you are or what your pedigree is; if you’ve committed a crime, you should be charged with it and full credit to Crown for following through on the charges.”
All four men knew each other. Staff Sgt, Jennifer Pound with Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said last year the group was hanging out together when conflict turned deadly.