17-year-old convicted in Port Alberni murder case

17-year-old convicted in Port Alberni murder case
Police at the scene of Clifton Johnson's murder in March 2021.

A teenager has been convicted of second-degree murder in Port Alberni and received a seven-year sentence after pleading guilty to the killing of Clifton Johnston.

On March 2021, Port Alberni police kickstarted a homicide investigation after Johnston, who was 20 years old at the time, was found dead in the 3500 block of 4th Avenue in Port Alberni.

It was determined that Johnston had been stabbed in the chest.

The then 16-year-old was arrested in Jan. 2022 after a 10-month investigation by RCMP.

In a statement, RCMP Const. Richard Johns says “We appreciate the public’s continued support as our investigation has continued through the last two years, and acknowledge the emotions that have been felt throughout the community as they have waited for today.”

Johns also added that Port Alberni RCMP was dedicated to the case and making sure that all available evidence in the case was put forward to prosecutors.

The teen, who cannot be named because of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was sentenced to four years in a correctional facility which will be followed by three years in the community with release conditions where he will be under close supervision.


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