Three men are in custody in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old beer store worker.
John Lloyd Barrion was reportedly working alone, finishing the end of his shift at a vendor on Notre Dame Avenue on February 15, when he was killed in a robbery just after 3 a.m.
The day after the murder, Robert Gordon Francis, 37, was arrested during a traffic stop initiated by a K-9 unit, after a police dog was able to identify a suspicious vehicle.
Francis was charged with manslaughter, armed robbery with a firearm, accessory to murder after the fact, conspiracy to commit an indictable offense and unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle.
Two other arrests took place on Friday.
William Arthur Sampson, 51, was arrested at a Grant Park area home and charged with second degree murder, armed robbery with a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon or a prohibited device and eight counts of possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order.
Police arrested Ryan Jeron Smith, 40, in the William Whyte neighborhood after a short chase. He faces a charge of second-degree murder, as well as armed robbery with a firearm and half a dozen other weapons and driving charges.
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const. Dani McKinnon said the various charges resulted from consultations with the Crown.
“The charge level takes into account the intent and the planning of the homicide,” she said.
“Manslaughter would be a bit lower if you compare it to a second degree murder charge – a second degree murder charge is usually a hands off offense. It depends on what role that person played in the murder .
McKinnon said the victim and suspects did not know each other before the robbery.
“This is a very sad incident – not to downplay the significance of the other homicides we are investigating,” she said.
“The victim, John Barrion, was much loved in his community,” she said. “It was an unexpected set of circumstances where this theft took place.”
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