Tim Petruk, Kamloops This Week
A Salmon Arm man who shot to death his romantic rival as a result of a high school love triangle more than eight years ago will be one step closer to learning his fate later this year.
Now 25, the killer was 16 when he shot and killed 22-year-old Tyler Myers in a Salmon Arm schoolyard on Nov. 21, 2008. He cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, unless he is sentenced as an adult — something the Crown has recommended.
In July of last year, the killer was convicted by a B.C. Supreme Court jury of first-degree murder.
Both the killer and Myers were involved romantically at the time with 17-year-old Monica Sikorski. In December, she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced as an adult to serve life in prison with no chance of parole for seven years.
Court has previously heard Sikorski and the triggerman hatched a plan to scare Myers. Sikorski lured Myers to the schoolyard of Bastion elementary, where the killer hid with a rifle in a stand of trees.
Sikorski pretended to leave momentarily to go to the bathroom, at which time the killer shot Myers. He then emerged from the trees and fired two more shots, including one to the back of Myers’ head.
Last month, the shooter’s lawyer asked for an adjournment in sentencing to allow her client to undergo testing to determine if he is eligible for special provisions under the Youth Criminal Justice Act that allow offenders to receive treatment for mental-health disorders.
He has never been diagnosed with a mental-health disorder, but lawyer Donna Turko has said the killer was suffering emotionally at the time of the murder, overeager to please Sikorski. Turk compared his desire to please Sikorski to the behaviour of a drug-seeking addict.
Ultimately, the sentence — youth or adult — is up to B.C. Supreme Court Justice Sheri Donegal, who expressed frustration in court as late as last fall after a previous sentencing delay for the killer.
His sentencing hearing will resume on May 30.