Christopher Fleig has been found guilty of first-degree murder for the gang-style shooting of a rival drug dealer in Red Deer.
Brandon Neil Prevey, 28, was killed in a hail of gunfire from a passing vehicle early in the morning of April 5, 2009, as he and a friend were pulling up in front of a house on Ibbotson Close.
Fleig, 29, was arrested and charged with the shooting on March 29, 2010, and has been in custody since then, pending the outcome of his trial in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench before Justice Kirk Sisson.
Court heard over several weeks that Fleig ordered the shooting while he sat in his own vehicle, which was parked nearby. Charges were dismissed earlier for lack of evidence against the two men who had been suspected of carrying out the order.
Sisson pronounced Fleig guilty of first-degree murder shortly after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, with sentencing to follow. The Criminal Code of Canada requires that anyone convicted of first-degree murder serve a life sentence with no chance for parole in the first 25 years.