Grow rip murder nets nine years in jail

Taylor Johnson, a Delta pastor
Taylor Johnson, a Delta pastor's son, was killed at the age of 21 in a grow rip at a Langley home. His killer, Jesse Hill, has been sentenced to nine years.
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The man who killed a pastor’s son in an attempted grow rip in Langley's Fernridge area last year was sentenced to nearly nine years in jail on Wednesday.

Jesse River Jordan Hill, 24, of Surrey was handed down 107 months, given into account time served already, and a life time firearm ban  in Surrey Provincial Court on Wednesday morning.

In June, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter using a firearm.

Hill originally faced a second degree murder charge in the death of 21-year-old Delta resident Taylor Johnson.

Hill was also charged with break and enter with intent, disguise with intent and discharge of a firearm with intent.

He has been behind bars since his arrest in October.

Johnson, 21, was found shot to death on Feb. 26, 2013 in a 200 Street home, which contained a grow-op. Johnson was the caretaker of the grow-op. He was the son of a pastor in Delta and had no prior record.

During a press conference, his dad, Paul, said his son had made some new friends of questionable nature. His dad Paul said his son was very trusting.

Taylor Johnson also leaves behind his stepmother and five siblings.

Manslaughter with a firearm carries a minimum sentence of four years.


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