A 32-year-old Victoria man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2017 execution-style murder of a man in Nanaimo almost two years ago.
Thirty-four-year-old Andrew McLean was shot to death in the lobby of the Howard Johnson Hotel on Terminal Avenue on April 19, 2017. In February of this year, Brandon Tyler Woody pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
Earlier this week, prosecutors told court Woody killed McLean for “messing up” drug deals. Hotel surveillance showed Woody shooting McLean twice in the back and twice in the head at close range before he left out of the front of the hotel.
Woody will not be eligible for parole for 17 years. Twenty-five years is the maximum parole ineligibility period for a life sentence but it does not mean an inmate will automatically receive parole after 25 years.
A judge also issued a court-ordered DNA test and a lifetime firearm ban for Woody.
In August 2017, Ashley Baird was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in two home invasions where Baird was looking for a safe that belonged to McLean.