Edmonton killer to spend 17 years in prison before parole eligibility

A jury convicted Christian Iyamuremye, 25, of second-degree murder in May for the fatal shooting of Dale Maloney, 33, who was originally from Newfoundland.

Dale Maloney, 33, was shot and killed outside the Joey Jasper restaurant in August 2012

Dale Maloney, 33, was gunned down in outside an Edmonton restaurant in August 2012. He died later in hospital. (Courtesy: Donna Chislett)

A man who shot and killed another man behind an Edmonton restaurant in the middle of the day will serve 17 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

A jury convicted Christian Iyamuremye, 25, of second-degree murder in May for the fatal shooting of Dale Maloney, 33. He was sentenced Thursday.

Maloney, originally from Newfoundland, was shot around 4 p.m. on Aug. 13, 2012 behind the Joey Jasper restaurant in the Oliver neighbourhood of Edmonton. He died later in hospital. 

Iyamuremye and Maloney did not know each other. Maloney got into an argument with Iyamuremye and another man outside the restaurant. As Maloney left, he was shot four times by Iyamuremye. 

A second-degree murder conviction automatically carries a life sentence. The Crown wanted Iyamuremye to spend 20 to 25 years in prison before he could apply for a parole. The defence called for a sentence of 10 to 15 years. 

Justice Brian Burrows decided on 17 years. In making his decision, Burrows took into account the fact that Iyamuremye witnessed the murder of his mother and grandparents when he was a five-year-old growing up in Rwanda. 

Maloney's brother Stephen attended the hearing in Edmonton. When asked if he had anything to say, he said: "I miss my brother. I love my brother."