Lengthy minimum sentence for Saskatoon gang member who bragged about killing

SASKATOON — A judge has ruled that a gang member convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a Saskatoon man must spend at least 12 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

Shaylin Sutherland-Kaseas was found guilty in September for the October 2016 shooting of Dylan Phillips at his home.

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Sutherland-Kaseas was a member of the Terror Squad, but the judge ruled at the time of her conviction that the killing was not done in association with, or to benefit, the gang.

A second-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence.

The defence had sought the 10-year minimum for parole eligibility in such cases, while the Crown had argued for 15 years.

In October, Sutherland-Kayseas received an eight-year prison sentence for kidnapping a woman who told people she heard the accused brag about killing someone.

"I think justice was served,” Crown prosecutor Melodi Kujawa said following Wednesday's sentencing.

"What we have to remember is that the ultimate decision on when she gets out is determined by the parole board. And they will take into account all kinds of factors and how she does in prison will determine when she gets out, or if she gets out." (CTV Saskatoon)

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