Convicted killer Randy O’Hagan pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder

Convicted killer Randy O'Hagan enters guilty plea at the start of his second-degree murder trial in Alberta. Vytai Brannan / Global News

One of the men convicted in killing an innocent mother in Saskatoon after going to the wrong address, has entered a plea of guilty to second-degree murder in connection to an Alberta killing.

On Monday, Randy O’Hagan, 25, unexpectedly pleaded guilty for his role in the death of Bryan Gower, 35.

READ MORE: Guilty verdict for O’Hagan in first-degree murder trial

O’Hagan’s three-week trial was scheduled to get underway in St. Paul, Alta.

Sentenced to another life sentence and an additional 11 years of parole ineligibility, O’Hagan will not be eligible for parole for 36 years which means he’ll be 58 before he can be released from prison.

On Sept. 25, 2012, Gower’s body was discovered on a rural road near Kitscoty, Alta. after police were called out for gunfire complaints.

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The crime came nearly two weeks after Lorry Santos, a mother of four, was shot and killed on Sept. 12, 2012 when she answered her front door in Saskatoon.

O’Hagan, a member of the “White Boy Posse,” has also been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Robert John Roth Senior, 54.

Roth Senior’s partial remains were found near Ranfurly, Alta. on Oct. 20, 2012. His severed head was found in Edmonton five days later. A trial for O’Hagan in connection to this case has been set for December 2016.

The other men convicted or charged in the same crimes:

A second man who cannot be identified because of a publication ban, who was convicted in both the Santos and Gower shootings, will not be eligible for parole for 38 years.

Joshua Petrin. File / Global News

Joshua Petrin, a third man charged in Santos’ murder along with conspiracy to commit murder was expected to go to trial this fall but that has since been pushed back to next year.

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In 2014, Petrin was also charged with first-degree murder in the death of Gower.

In June, he was found guilty of uttering death threats to a staff member at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre and was sentenced to four months time served.

The investigation:

In December 2012, all three men were arrested in Alberta and charged with Lorry Ann Santos’ death after an eight-week joint investigation by members of the Saskatoon Police Service major crimes section, the Saskatoon Integrated Drug Unit, the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team, the RCMP “K” Division and the Edmonton Police Service.

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