Bird receives life sentence for Napope murder

By paNOW Staff
May 25, 2017 - 5:59pm

One of the two men accused in the 2015 murder of 23-year-old Troy Napope pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison this afternoon.

Skylar Patrick Bird, 30, received a life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 years for his involvement in Napope’s death almost exactly two years after it occurred. Napope was shot May 28, 2015, but it was not until late April that the RCMP’s Underwater Recovery Team located his remains in a slough west of the city, near his burned-out car.

Also facing a murder charge in connection to Napope’s death is 28-year-old Braidy Chase Vermette, who achieved notoriety following a short-lived escape from custody. Two correctional officers were bear-sprayed at Victoria hospital during the escape, which ended in a fiery raid by Prince Albert SWAT officers that led to Vermette’s recapture. His matters are still before the courts.


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