Prince Albert judge finds 2 inmates guilty of murder
James Ronald Taylor died Dec. 22, 2005, following an altercation at a basketball game in the prison's gymnasium with Devon Trent Gerald Paskemin, 27, and Francis Paul Yukon, 32.
In Prince Albert Queen's Bench court Thursday morning, Justice Martel Popescul found that Paskemin held the victim while Yukon stabbed him five times with a homemade knife. Taylor's heart was punctured in the attack and he died at the scene.
"What do you say about it? The worst part is over," Taylor's mother, Maizie Taylor, told reporters after the court proceedings. "But it will never be over, because you always think of what happened."
Taylor said that while she believes the killing was gang-related, what motivated the attack remains a mystery.
"Why did they do it in the first place?" Taylor said. "What was the sense of it?"
She said her son hung out with gang members in Winnipeg before his incarceration.
"They were the only friends he knew. Well, he thought at that time they were his friends," Taylor said.
There will be a sentencing hearing for the men in September.
The minimum waiting period for parole eligibility is 10 years, but the Crown prosecutor wants a 15-year wait time for both.