Accomplice in Pizza Hotline killing sentenced to life in prison
Byron Bushie will be eligible for parole in 10 years
The accomplice in the axe murder of a Pizza Hotline delivery driver in 2011 has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.
Byron Bushie was sentenced on Tuesday, after he was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Gerald Crayford.
Bushie was also convicted of robbery and will serve a six-year sentence concurrently with the life sentence. As well, he was banned for life from having weapons and firearms.
Bushie was 18 years old when he and a 15-year-old boy, who armed himself with an axe, robbed an East Kildonan Pizza Hotline restaurant on May 15, 2011.
Crayford, who was between deliveries, tried to take the axe away from the teen and sustained two blows to the head with the blunt end of the axe. He later died in hospital.
During Bushie's sentencing hearing in December, the court heard that he held down Crayford while the teen repeatedly hit him with the axe.
The judge who presided over the case told the court without Bushie's involvement, Crayford would still be alive.
Following the attack, Bushie and the teenager took the restaurant's cash register and removed $2,000.
The teen, who cannot be named because he was underage at the time of the attack, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced in June to life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in less than seven years.