Youth handed three-year sentence for role in 2015 Mac’s store killings

A 16-year-old boy was handed a three-year sentence on manslaughter charges in the deaths of two Mac’s store employees but, because of time served, he will find himself out by mid-December.

The youth, who was 13 at the time and whose identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was also given a two-year sentence on robbery charges by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Donna Shelley Friday, which is to be served concurrently.

The youth was part of a trio involved in a 2015 crime spree targeting Mac’s stores that left two convenience store workers dead.

A jury convicted one of the adults accused in the killings, Laylin Delorme, of two counts of first-degree murder in June. The other adult suspect, Colten Steinhauer, has yet to go to trial.

Karanpal Singh Bhangu and Ricky Massin Cenabre both died of gunshot wounds following the Dec. 18, 2015, armed robberies at two separate south-side stores — one in Mill Woods at 3208 82 St. and one at 10845 61 Ave.

The teen admitted to manslaughter in the death of Bhangu but pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Cenabre. Shelley found the teen guilty of manslaughter on Nov. 16.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts each of committing a robbery with a prohibited or restricted weapon, and two counts of committing an offence while masked.

Once released on Dec. 14, the youth will serve an extra three days in the community under supervision before being fully released.

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