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Last attacker sentenced in fatal jailhouse beating

A former Winnipeg street gang member will serve a decade in prison for his role in the killing of a fellow inmate at a provincial jail.

Nathan Florian Allard, 22, learned his fate Wednesday after pleading guilty to manslaughter for the May 2010 beating death of fellow gang member Tyler St. Paul inside the Milner Ridge Correctional Centre.

Allard was one of seven Most Organized Brothers (MOB) members ordered by their ranking jailhouse leader to subject St. Paul to a "de-boarding" session to remove him from the gang after he signalled a desire to defect to the Rock Machine, a gang Allard associated with prior to joining the MOB.

The attackers grabbed St. Paul in his cell and pinned him down so he couldn't move.

They took turns attacking him while holding a pillow over his face to stifle his screams. After about 10 minutes the jailhouse leader came into the cell, called a halt to the beating and all the men left the cell.

St. Paul was able to summon assistance from correctional officers but died without being able to identify his attackers.

Allard and seven others were arrested for second-degree murder, but were directly indicted into the Court of Queen's Bench this year on a charge of manslaughter.

It appears there was no specific intent to kill St. Paul, and that the beat-out session went too far.

Allard, who professes to no longer be tied to the MOB, was the last to be sentenced despite being the first to plead guilty. At the time of the killing he was serving a sentence for drug trafficking.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Albert Clearwater called the way St. Paul was attacked and basically rendered helpless "brutal and cowardly."

He also said it was aggravating how the assault was carried out for the benefit or direction of the MOB gang.

Allard's sentencing concludes the case with the Crown securing manslaughter convictions for all eight gang members who were charged.

They were initially accused of second-degree murder but the Crown downgraded the charges early in 2013 after a careful review of the evidence, which included an agreement one of the men involved would testify against the others should the case go to trial.

 

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

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