Killer of Lloyd man pleads guilty

By Lloydminster Source staff

December 3, 2015 4:41 PM

One man has pleaded guilty to murder and a second is scheduled to face trial for the 2012 killing of a Lloydminster man.
The body of 35-year-old Bryan Gower was found by members of the Kitscoty RCMP detachment in late September on a roadway just outside Lloydminster, Alta., after responding to a 911 call.
The homicide investigation culminated in charges against two men, both of whom were 22 years of age at the time.
Randy O’Hagan and a man with ties to the Saskatoon-based White Boy Posse, Kyle Halbauer, both of Lloydminster, were charged with first-degree murder in what was believed to be a drug trade-related homicide.
O’Hagan pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of second-degree murder and sentenced to 11 years behind bars, Kitscoty RCMP said in a release.
Halbauer pleaded guilty on Dec. 2, 2013 to second degree murder in Gower’s death.
O’Hagan’s time will be served consecutively to the mandatory life sentence he received after having been convicted for his part in the the Sept. 12, 2012 first-degree murder of Saskatoon resident Lori Ann Santos, a woman who was wrongly targeted in another drug-related murder.
According to a police spokesman at the time, the killers intended to shoot someone else, and Santos, only guilty of opening her front door, was killed.
Police would not say if O’Hagan made the plea as part of a bargain with the court in exchange for testimony against 29-year-old Joshua Petrin, of Edmonton, who was also charged with first-degree murder in Gower’s death.
He is scheduled for trial on Feb. 22 in Kitscoty provincial court.
No further information will be available from the RCMP on these matters, said Kiscoty cops.

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