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Nikki Sixx Serafino sentenced to six years

A 30-year-old Langley man who legally changed his name to Nikki Sixx Serafino was sentenced to six years in jail for shooting and killing a Surrey man in 2009.

Serafino will serve 27 months after being given credit for time already served.

He was also given a firearms ban at his sentencing hearing in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster on Friday.

Originally, Serafino had been charged with second degree murder, but on the first day of what was set to be his trial in May, he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Serafino, who was previously known as Jeffery Alan Smith, was arrested in April 2010, in  connection with the murder of 33-year-old Damon Michael Martin.

It was the morning of May 12, 2009, around 8:45 a.m., when Martin was shot in the stomach while inside a house in the Panorama Ridge area of Surrey.

Martin stumbled out of the house, attempting to flee.

He got as far as Highway 10 at 132 Street, when he collapsed on the roadside.

A passerby called 911, believing Martin had been run over.

Serafino, who police have learned is a huge fan of the heavy metal band Motley Crue, changed his name to match that of the band’s guitarist, Nikki Sixx.

At the time, police said the shooting was not gang-related, nor was the shooting linked to drugs or organized crime.

It’s believed Serafino shot Martin in a botched home robbery.

 

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