Jamie Bacon makes plea deal over role in Surrey Six killings

Bacon strikes 'Surrey 6' deal

One of B.C.'s most notorious gangsters is expected to plead guilty this week for the role he played in a 2007 mass killing in Surrey.

The Crown has reached a plea deal with Jamie Bacon, who is expected to enter guilty pleas Thursday to conspiracy to commit murder and counselling a murder.

Bacon is currently charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in relation to the Surrey Six murders that saw six people executed in a Surrey highrise apartment in 2007. The killing was part of an escalating gang conflict in the region. Two innocent bystanders were also killed.

Bacon's charges were initially stayed in 2017, after a B.C. Supreme Court judge accepted an application from Bacon's lawyers. The reasoning for staying the charges was sealed by the court and never made public.

In May of this year, the BC Court of Appeal granted the Crown's appeal for a new trial, but with this new plea deal, that won't be necessary. The Crown is expected to stay Bacon's first-degree murder charge following his sentencing. 

In 2014, Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston were convicted of six counts of first-degree murder relating to the Surrey Six killings.

As part of Bacon's plea deal, first reported by the Vancouver Sun and confirmed by the BC Prosecution Service, Bacon is expected to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit murder along with counselling a separate murder from 2008.

Bacon was charged with one count of counselling to commit murder in the Dec. 31, 2008, shooting of Dennis Karbovanec in Abbotsford, but his trial last year was declared a mistrial after the jury could not reach a unanimous decision. His new trial on that matter began in March. 

The BC Prosecution Service says a sentencing date will follow Thursday's expected guilty pleas, but the Crown and defence sentencing positions are unknown at this time.

Jamie's brother, Jonathan Bacon, was murdered in Kelowna in 2011 in a high-profile midday shooting outside the Delta Grand Hotel. Jason McBride, Michael Jones and Jujhar Khun-Khun struck plea deals with the Crown after their trial dragged through the courts for more than a year. McBride was given a life sentence with no chance of parole for 18 years, while Jones and Khun-Khun received 18-year sentences.

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