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Raymond Ellis killers sentenced to 14 and 15 years

03/11/2014 01:49 EDT | Updated 05/11/2014 05:59 EDT
The two last men to be convicted in the death of Raymond Ellis — a Montreal entrepreneur and former Dawson student killed in a nightclub in 2005 in a case of mistaken identity — were sentenced at the Montreal courthouse Tuesday.

Last month, John Tshiamala and Evens Belleville were found guilty of manslaughter. Today they were sentenced to 15 and 14 years in a federal prison, minus time served. 

The two men were part of a group of about 30 street gang members who attacked Ellis in a bar after mistaking him for a rival gang member because of the colour of his jacket.

The mob repeatedly punched, kicked and stabbed Ellis. 

Police initially arrested 24 people. Seven were ultimately charged. Of the seven, one had the charges against him dropped and another was acquitted.

Gregory Dardignac was a minor when he was convicted in youth court, but he was sentenced as an adult to life in prison.

Two men — Mclee Charles, 28, and Ernso Theobrun, 34 ​— pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter

This is the second time Tshiamala and Belleville, ​the last two defendants in the case, were tried for the death of 25-year-old Ellis. In 2009, they were set free after a judge aborted the trial.

Tshiamala and Belleville could also face deportation once they’ve served their time — Belleville is Haitian-born and is living in Canada as a permanent resident, and Tshiamala came to Canada as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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