On Monday, April 10, 2017, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a press release indicating arrests have been made in a recent homicide case.
On March 12, 2017 at approximately 10:10 p.m., police responded to a report of a gunshot heard in the 200 block of Spence Street.
On arrival, police located an adult female victim outside of a residence suffering from life threatening injuries.
The woman was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
Police identified the victim as Shania Chanel Chartrand (21) of Winnipeg.
Her cause of death was not disclosed.
On April 7, 2017, police arrested two suspects identified as Lacy Sorokowski (22) and Christopher Ryan St. Paul (24) both of Winnipeg.
Sorokowski and St. Paul were both charged with 2nd degree murder.
(Sorokowski was also charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) for the purpose of trafficking.)
Both offenders were detained in custody.
Police did not disclose information regarding a motive for the killing.
So how do police charge two people with murder when only one person pulled the trigger?
Police often rely on the Party to Offence section in the Criminal Code of Canada to support such charges.
In some cases, the person who was charged as a party to the offence, that is, not the shooter, may be offered a plea to a lesser charge in exchange for testimony to strengthen the case against the shooter.
These kinds of deals can be complex, controversial and fraught with risk and should only be brokered by experienced Crown Attorneys.
Shania Chartrand was the 6th reported homicide victim of 2017.
There have been 8 reported homicides in the City of Winnipeg so far this year.
All but two cases have been solved – solvency rate 75%.
2017 Homicides – Manner of Death
- Shooting – 4
- Stabbing – 2
- Blunt Force – 1
- Not Disclosed – 1