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Charges Laid in Two Unsolved Killings – Homicide Unit Batting One Thousand

Jeanenne Chanel Fontaine (FB)

The Winnipeg Police Service’s Homicide Unit is batting one thousand after laying charges in two recent unsolved homicides.

On May 17, 2017, the WPS issued a news release announcing the arrests.

The first incident occurred on February 8, 2017 at approximately 10:10 am when EMS personnel responded to the area of Powers Street and Aberdeen Avenue regarding reports of an injured man.

On arrival a man was located suffering from an apparent gun shot wound.

The victim was transported to hospital in critical condition and was subsequently pronounced deceased.

He was identified as Bryer James Prysiazniuk-Settee (24) of Winnipeg.

Prysiazniuk-Sette was the 4th reported homicide victim of the year.

No arrests were made in the case and Police issued public appeals seeking assistance in solving the killing.


The second incident occurred on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at approximately 9:45 a.m., when EMS workers responded to a working house fire in the 400 block of Aberdeen Ave.

Jeanne Fontaine (FB)

Upon arrival, first responders located a twenty-nine (29) year old woman in the residence and rushed her to hospital.

The woman was listed in critical, life-threatening condition.

Not long after the story broke, media outlets began breaking news indicating the woman succumbed to her injuries.

Those injuries had little to do with the house fire.

Family members told media outlets the woman had been shot in the back of the head and her home was intentionally set on fire to presumably destroy evidence related to the killing.

They identified the victim as Jeanenne Fontaine (29), a mother of three, who died after she was taken off life support.

Fontaine was the 8th reported homicide victim of the year.

On March 16, 2017, the WPS issued a press release confirming Fontaine’s identity.

Police indicated she died on March 15, 2017.

Police advised Fontaine died as a result of being shot and believed the arson was a contributing factor in her death.

No immediate arrests were made in the case.


The Arrests

Christopher Matthew Brass (34) – WPS Handout

On May 16, 2017, Homicide Unit investigators attended the Provincial Remand Centre and arrested three suspects in connection with these killings.

The following alleged offenders stand charged;

Christopher Matthew Brass (34)

  • 2nd Degree Murder (Prysiazniuk-Sette)
  • Manslaughter (Fontaine)
  • Arson – Disregard for Human Life (Fontaine)

Malcolm Miles Mitchell (24)

  • 2nd Degree Murder (Fontaine)
  • Arson – Disregard for Human Life (Fontaine)

Jason Michael Meilleur (38)

  • Manslaughter (Fontaine)

All three subjects were detained in custody.


No Boy Scouts

The men accused in these killings are no boy scouts.

On May 1, 2017, Police issued a press release requesting the public’s assistance locating Brass who was wanted on the strength of two Canada-wide warrants for a number of violent offences in which he was believed to have discharged a firearm.

Police considered Brass “armed and dangerous.”

Brass was arrested on May 2, 2017 in the area of Pritchard Avenue and McKenzie Street.

He currently stands charged with over thirty counts of robbery and weapons related offences in addition to kidnapping and forcible confinement allegations.

Mitchell has a record for weapons & property offences and stands charged with kidnapping, forcible confinement and a number of other charges.

Meilleur has a record for robbery and property related offences and stands charged with assault, theft of a motor vehicle and breaches.

Police Public Information Officer Constable Jay Murray indicated all three men have gang connections.

Murray indicated Fontaine was not an intended target and believed the alleged killers were looking for “someone else.”

That “someone else” is clearly lucky to be alive.


Homicide Unit Batting 1,000

With the resolution of these cases the WPS Homicide Unit has laid charges in all nine (9) reported homicide cases this year – solvency rate 100%.

In 2016, the WPS Homicide Unit investigated a total of 11 killings by mid May.

The year ended with 26 reported homicides with 3 cases remaining unsolved – solvency rate 88%.

(Note: The 2016 solvency rate jumps to 96% should police solve the murders of John Bendon (61) and Brenda Campbell (51) who died on July 7, 2017 in an arson related homicide.


2017 Homicides

Manner of Death

  • Shooting – 4
  • Stabbing – 3
  • Blunt Force Trauma – 1
  • Not Released – 1

Victims:

  • Male – 6
  • Female – 3

Related Links:

The Police Insider – North End Arson Takes Heinous Twist

The Police Insider – Police Provide Updates on Recent Killings


Police Media Release

 

2 Comments

  1. Jocelyn,

    The problem seems to be more with your comprehension than with the writing.

    You read a story reporting on two separate homicide cases.

    One was the 4th homicide of the year while the other was the 8th.

    Not sure how that got past you?

    Thanks for reading!

  2. Why, in the SAME story, do you state that she was BOTH the fourth…then the eighth homicide victim of this year? This is the worst writing I have ever read.

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