Calgary

Bolsa killings: Real Honorio should serve at least 20 years, says Crown

For gunning down innocent bystander Keni Su'a as he ran from the Bolsa Restaurant on New Year's Day, 2009, the prosecution is asking that notorious gangster Real Honorio serve 20 years before being allowed to ask for parole.

Defence lawyers to propose 12-year parole ineligibility

Real Christian Honorio will serve a life sentence. His lawyers are asking he be allowed to ask for parole after 12 years while the Crown is proposing a 20 year parole ineligibility. (CBC)

The prosecution is asking that notorious gangster Real Honorio serve 20 years before being allowed to ask for parole for gunning down innocent bystander Keni Su'a as he ran from the Bolsa Restaurant in southeast Calgary on New Year's Day, 2009.

Su'a was one of three people to die that day. Honorio, Nathan Zuccherato and a gang associate who can't be named because of a publication ban have all admitted their roles in the slayings.

"These facts are extremely disturbing," said prosecutor Steven Johnston on Monday as a sentencing hearing got underway.

"They demonstrate a ruthless disregard for life."

Honorio was charged with several murders stemming from a gang war that ended six years ago. 

He's pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after his lawyers, Tonii Roulston and Andrea Urquhart, negotiated the deal with prosecutors Steven Johnston and Adam May.

A second-degree murder conviction comes with an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 to 25 years.

The FOB vs. FK gang war peaked in January, 2009, when Sanjeev Mann, Aaron Bendle and Keni Su'a were gunned down in a gang revenge plot at Bolsa Vietnamese Restaurant.

Mann, 22, was a known gangster and Bendle, 21, was an associate who had been kidnapped and used as bait to lure Mann to the restaurant. Su'a, an innocent bystander, was killed when he ran from the restaurant.

Defence arguments will take place on Tuesday with lawyers proposing a 12-year parole ineligibility. 

Keni S'ua was was killed as he ran away from the Bosa Restaurant after masked gunmen burst in and began shooting. (CBC)