People who like to say, “good things come in threes” have never met Christopher Brass.
Brass is a Winnipeg gangster sitting in the Provincial Remand Centre awaiting trial on 2nd-degree murder and manslaughter charges in two unrelated city homicides.
He just caught a third murder charge.
On Friday, June 16, 2017, the Regina Police Service issued a press release indicating they have charged Brass with 1st-degree murder in connection with the slaying of Daniel Richard Dipaolo (51) of Regina, Saskatchewan.
The Back Story
On April 29, 2017, at 5:40 a.m., Regina Police were dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of Garnet Street regarding the report of an injured man.
Police and EMS subsequently arrived and located the body of Dipaolo.
Dipaolo was the first reported homicide victim in Regina in 2017.
The investigation was continued by the RPS Major Crimes Unit.
Dipaolo’s cause of death was not released.
On May 6, 2017, Regina Police charged Edward Genaille (51) with first-degree murder in connection with the homicide.
Genaille was remanded into custody.
At the time of the investigation, police believed more than one suspect was involved in the killing.
On June 14, 2017, as a result of a joint investigation with the WPS Homicide Unit, Regina Police Detectives arrested Brass and a second suspect identified as Malcolm Mitchell (24).
(Mitchell stands charged with 2nd-degree murder with Brass in connection with the murder of Jeanenne Fontaine (29) of Winnipeg that occurred on March 14, 2017 in the 400 block of Aberdeen Avenue.)
Brass and Mitchell remain in custody and will appear in Provincial Court in Regina via video link today.
Regina Police indicate they have obtained a Canada Wide arrest warrant for an additional suspect identified as Johnathon Edward Kakewash (31) of Winnipeg.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Kakewash to contact the RPS at 306-777-6500 or the WPS at 204-986-6222, Crime Stoppers or the nearest Municipal Police Service or RCMP Detachment.
Brass Hits for the Cycle
Christopher Brass now distinguishes himself as an elite Canadian killer after effectively hitting for the equivalent of the “homicide cycle.”
I’m not aware of any previous case where an alleged killer has been charged with manslaughter, 2nd-degree murder and 1st-degree murder in connection with three distinctly separate, unrelated killings.
If convicted, Brass could conceivably receive three (3) consecutive life sentences or seventy-five (75) years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
That would make him one-hundred and nine (109) years old before he would be released.
The Police Insider will follow the case with interest.
Timeline – Brass Killing Spree
- February 8, 2017 – Bryer James Prysiazniuk-Settee (24) shot to death in the area of Powers Street & Aberdeen Avenue.
- March 14, 2017 – Jeanenne Fontaine (29) shot in head and left in residence set ablaze by her killer. Residence located in 400 block of Aberdeen Avenue.
- April 19, 2017 – Daniel Richard Dipaolo (51) killed in 700 block of Garnet Street in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Sept 2018 – Brass pleads guilty to 1st-degree murder in connection with the brutal killing of Daniel Richard Dipaolo. He is sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for twenty five (25) years.
October 2018 – Brass found guilty of 2nd-degree murder by a jury in Winnipeg in connection with the murder of Bryer James Prysiazniuk-Settee. Brass was subsequently sentenced to fifteen (15) years in prison to be served consecutively to the 1st-degree murder conviction. As a result, he should have to serve a total of forty (40) years before he’s eligible to parole.
January 2019 – Brass found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Jeanenne Fontaine. He is sentenced to fifteen (15) years in prison. The sentence will run concurrently to his other sentences.
The decision on Sentencing – Murder of Bryer James Prysiazniuk-Settee
Brass had a total of fifty-two (52) prior criminal convictions, twenty-three (23) of which were for violent offences.
Of the twenty-nine (29) adult convictions Brass has registered, fourteen (14) are for violent crimes.
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