Four years after his death, 2 of Luka Gordic’s killers appeal sentences, 1 appeals conviction
It’s been four years since 19-year-old Luka Gordic was swarmed and stabbed to death in Whistler village.
Now, two of the three youths convicted in his death have filed with the B.C. Court of Appeal.
Gordic’s sister, Danica Gordic, said the anger and sadness come rushing back to her family every time her brother’s case is in court.
“I don’t know if that anger will ever go away.”
All three offenders were 17 years old at the time of the attack and are protected under a publication ban.
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The three youths were sentenced on Jan. 11.
One of them was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced as an adult, given life in prison. The B.C. Prosecution Service confirms that youth has appealed his life sentence.
Danica Gordic said it’s an outrage that this person — who she said delivered the fatal blow to her brother — is being allowed to appeal, because he had a previous criminal record.
“He’s had a previous criminal past. So the fact that they’re even giving him an opportunity to do this and appeal is disgusting — because obviously he’s a very dangerous individual,” Gordic said.
The second youth was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to three years — 18 months in custody, and another 18 under supervision.
That person has appealed their conviction and sentence, according to the B.C. Prosecution Service.
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The third offender was given that same sentence as the second youth, but has not filed an appeal.
Luka Gordic was killed when about eight to 15 people swarmed him outside a convenience store in Whistler village on May 17, 2015.
All three youths were handed their guilty verdicts in October 2017.
A third person, Arvin Golic, was tried as an adult because he was 18 years old at the time of the attack. He was convicted of manslaughter and given seven years in prison.
That sentence was reduced by nearly a year after a constitutional challenge.
No hearing dates have been set for the youths’ appeals.
Danica Gordic said she plans on making it clear how she feels about the youths appealing their sentences.
“If the lawyers do ask us to say how we feel during the appeal, I’m 100% going to be there to let them know how I feel about this.”
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