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Homicide Unit Investigating Death – Police Await Autopsy Results

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WPS Spokesman Constable Jason Michalyshyn

On June 22, 2016, at approximately 3:40 a.m., EMS personnel responded to a residence in the 300 block of Aberdeen Avenue regarding a fire.

Police report a fifty (50) year old man was removed from the home and transported to hospital in critical condition.

The man has since succumbed to his injuries.

Notifications have been made and the results of autopsy are pending.

Police have not identified the victim.

No suspects have been identified.

Police spokesman Constable Jason Michalyshyn confirmed the case is being treated as homicide, “Yes, it’s a homicide, we are waiting for an autopsy to confirm cause of death.”

The man killed in this incident is the 12th reported homicide victim in Winnipeg this year.

Police have solved all but two (2) of the homicides reported this year. (83% solvency rate)

The 11th homicide of the year was recorded forty-one (41) days ago on May 12th, 2016.

In 2015, the 12th homicide of the year was recorded on June 2nd.

FACTOID

The worst case of Arson related homicide in Winnipeg occurred on July 16, 2011, when Lulonda Flett (36) intentionally set fire to the porch of an Austin Street rooming house in a vengeful criminal act aimed at two of her boyfriends relatives who she believed “snitched” on her to Police.

That vengeful act resulted in the senseless death of five (5) innocent victims who ranged in age from twenty-two (22) to fifty-six (56) years of age.

Flett plead guilty to five (5) counts of Manslaughter and received five (5) concurrent life sentences.

Flett’s lawyer Darren Sawchuk appealed her sentence arguing her troubled past diminished her “moral culpability.”  He also cited the fact her parents attended residential schools, she’d been a victim of historical sexual abuse and domestic violence as aggravating factors for consideration for a more lenient sentence.

The Manitoba Court of Appeal was not moved by the argument and the sentence stood.

Flett will be eligible for parole in 2018.

The Victims:

• Norman Darius Anderson, age 22

• Maureen Claire Harper, age 54

• Kenneth Bradley Monkman, age 49

• Dean James Stranden, age 44

• Robert Curtis Laforte, age 56

R V LULONDA FLETT

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