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3 Calgary killers get lengthy prison sentences for fatal assault

Three men who tortured and killed their victim over a drug debt received lengthy prison sentences for their roles in what the judge described as a "vicious crime."

Saad Osman and brothers Julius and Theo Wheyee were charged with 2nd-degree murder

RCMP released this image of Mohammed Saqib, the victim of a fatal beating in 2015. (RCMP)

Three men who fatally beat their victim over a drug debt received lengthy prison sentences for their roles in what the judge described as a "vicious crime."

"The following sentences cannot hope to make up for this damage and loss," said Court of Queen's Bench Justice Karen Horner in handing down prison terms to Saad Osman and brothers Julius and Theo Wheyee.

The trio was convicted of manslaughter in the September 2015 death of Mohammad Saqib, whose body was found in the trunk of a car that had been set on fire on a rural road near Airdrie.

Osman, the ringleader, received a 17-year sentence.

The 32-year-old, who is representing himself, has been obstreperous throughout the trial and told the judge on Monday "you're full of shit" as he tried to convince her to consider a lower sentence.

He also asked for 10 days credit for every one day he spent behind bars ahead of the trial, which Horner rejected.

Julius Wheyee received a 15-year sentence while his brother Theo was handed a 12-year term.

At the time of his death, Saqib, 33, owed Osman a drug debt of $4,000.

Osman had become "increasingly desperate" to repay his girlfriend the money he owed her.

The trio held Saqib and fatally assaulted and shot him before his body was placed in the car, which was then set on fire.

The Wheyee brothers were represented by defence lawyers Adriano Iovinelli, Tonii Roulston and Andrea Urquhart, while Osman represented himself.

In sentencing submissions, prosecutor Doug Taylor asked for life sentences for Osman and Julius Wheyee. He proposed a 12-year sentence for Theo Wheyee.

Iovinelli, Roulston and Urquhart pitched five- to seven-year sentences for their clients.

Osman did not make any proposal for a jail or prison term.

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Meghan Grant

CBC Calgary reporter

Meghan Grant is the courts and crime reporter for CBC Calgary.

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