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One of four accused in Calgary restaurant triple-shooting nets big prison time

10/31/2012 10:15 EDT | Updated 12/31/2012 05:12 EST
CALGARY - One of four men charged in a New Year's Day multiple slaying at a Calgary restaurant has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Real Honorio (ray-AL' ah-NOHR'-ee-oh) was convicted in March of first-degree murder in the Jan. 1, 2009 shooting of gang member Sanjeev Mann and associate Aaron Bendle at the Bolsa Vietnamese Restaurant.

Honorio was also convicted of second-degree murder in the death of an innocent bystander, Keni Su'a (KENNY SOO'-ah), and will serve a second life sentence concurrent with the first one.

Mann and Bendle were shot inside the restaurant and Su'a was gunned down as he ran from the business.

The defence argued Tuesday for a mistrial or a stay of proceedings because of word that a key Crown witness allegedly confessed to the RCMP about the killings before Honorio's trial began.

The application was denied, but the defence says the information could have been a factor in the jury's deliberations and an appeal is planned.(CHQR)

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