Robert Bradshaw sentenced to life in prison for murders
A Supreme Court jury has found Robert Bradshaw guilty on both counts of first degree murder in the killings of Marc Bontkes and Laura Lamoureux in March 2009.
The jury delivered their verdict on Friday where Justice Bruce Greyell sentenced Bradshaw, 28, to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
The jury deliberated for four days after a trial that lasted around four weeks.
Bradshaw took the stand last week in his own defense, claiming he had nothing to do with either killing and that he only implicated himself on undercover police videos and tapes to go along with a story Roy Thielen told him.
He claimed Thielen killed both but Crown said it was Bradshaw who pulled the trigger in Bontkes murder and he was the driver in Lamoureux's shooting death.
Thielen has already serving life in prison after pleading guilty to both killings.
Bradshaw's ex-girlfriend Michelle Motola is serving six years for manslaughter for her part in killing Bontkes. All three worked as drug dealers in Langley's busy dial-a-dope operations. While Thielen and Motola were addicted to meth, Bradshaw told the jury he only smoked marijuana.
In the trial, several people involved in the drug world testified that Lamoureux and Bontkes were robbing the drug lines and that was the major motivation behind the killings.
"The is no greater victory in the minds of IHIT [Integrated Homicide Investigation Team] investigators then to see a first degree conviction get handed to an accused," said IHIT's Sgt. Jennifer Pound on Friday.
In the trial IHIT investigators testified to all the work they did in this case, including taping Bradshaw talking to Thielen about the murders as well as videotaping Thielen's re-enactments of the killings, where he implicated Bradshaw.
"IHIT works closely with the families of victims and are motivated to obtain achievements such as this in order to help them through their healing process," she said.
"IHIT can't bring families back their loved ones, but we can rigorously gather the evidence, which in turn acts as a voice for all homicide victims."