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10-year sentence follows guilty plea in deadly Surrey shooting

2012 Surrey shooting victim Noel Jackson. - File
2012 Surrey shooting victim Noel Jackson.
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A man who shot a 21-year-old to death at a house in Surrey will was sentenced to 10 years in jail after admitting to the crime this week.

On Wednesday (Feb. 19) in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster, Jonathan Michael Kishimoto, who was charged with second-degree murder, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in connection to the May 2012 death of Noel Jackson.

Jackson was at a house in Newton, near 70 Avenue and 124 Street, with a small group who had been at a bar earlier. An argument broke out and two men left the house, returning a short time later with a third man and a gun.

Police believed two of the men went into the house, while one waited outside. That's when Jackson was shot. He was pronounced dead by the time emergency responders arrived at the scene.

Kishimoto, 23, was originally charged with second-degree murder alongside Michael Alexander Ross in November 2012. Ross's charge, however, was downgraded to accessory after the fact following a preliminary hearing last April, and was dropped entirely on Wednesday.

With credit for time already spent in custody, there are eight years, four months remaining on Kishimoto's sentence. He is also subject to a lifetime ban on having firearms.

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