Supreme court convicts 2 Calgary men who killed landlord

Supreme court convicts 2 Calgary men who killed landlord

Two Calgary men, Brian Lambert and James Beaver sentenced to four years in prison after their 2016 manslaughter.

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Two Calgary men, James Beaver and Brian Lambert were convicted of manslaughter for the 2016 death of Sutton Bowers. All three men lived together as roommates. They appealed to the country’s highest court.

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the convictions of two men who killed their landlord.

Brian Lambert and James Beaver were convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 murder of their roommate and landlord Sutton Bowers, 33. They were sentenced to four years in prison.

The two men appealed, arguing their confessions to authorities breached the Charter.

The Alberta Court of Appeal upheld their convictions but the Supreme Court of Canada agreed to hear the appeals.

On Friday, in a 5-4 split decision, the country’s court dismissed the appeals.

Weeks leading up to Bowers’ death, he’d fight with Beaver and Lambert.

On October 8, 2016, Lambert and Bowers got into an altercation over finances. Beaver intervened and the fight escalated into a violent two-on-one attack.

Bowers was punched, and kicked in the stomach. His head was slammed on the floor.

Beaver and Lambert cleaned the blood and placed Bowers’ body at the foot of the stairs, attempting to fool Calgary police into thinking he fell.

The next morning, Beaver called 911 and said he found Bowers dead.

Police took Beaver and Lambert into custody. They questioned the men en route to CPS headquarters and did not advise the pair of their right to a lawyer.

The court ruled that admitting Beaver’s confession into evidence would not bring the administration of justice into disrepute so both confessions should not be excluded.

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