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12/17/2013 06:51 EST | Updated 02/16/2014 05:59 EST

Surrey Six trial: Michael Le gets 12 years in slayings

Michael Le, the man who founded the Red Scorpions gang and was one of its leaders when six people — including two innocent bystanders — were shot to death in a Surrey apartment in 2007, has been sentenced to 12 years in jail less time served.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Austin Cullen handed down the sentence Tuesday afternoon. Le had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the killings, after the Crown decided not to proceed with a first-degree murder charge.

With time already served, Le's sentence amounts to an additional three years and one month in prison.

Le had been on trial since late September along with Matthew Johnston and Cody Haevischer, who are each charged with conspiracy and six counts of first-degree murder. The case against Johnston and Haevischer is expected to continue. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Two other men charged in the case, Jamie Kyle Bacon and Sophon Sek, will be tried separately at a later date.

Four of the slaying victims – Ryan Bartolomeo,19, brothers Michael Lal, 26, and Cory Lal, 21, and Edward Narong, 22 – were described by police as having criminal lifestyles.

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