A drug enforcer who threatened witnesses following a shooting in a downtown apartment will serve another four months jail after his sentencing Wednesday.
Trevor Taylor, “Trey” to crack users gathering in a Seymour Street home on Nov. 5 last year, pleaded guilty last month to a single count of obstruction of justice. He was originally charged with extortion but that charge was stayed by the Crown.
Taylor was with Brandon Schell, visiting drug users in a bid to force them to purchase supply strictly from them.
Schell was convicted Oct. 26 of firing a prohibited weapon that night, after he shot Arthur Burley through the shoulder. Burley, who was visiting people in the apartment, stood up to challenge the two when he was shot by Schell.
Prosecutor Don Mann said three witnesses to the shooting — Neil Tralnberg, Richard Brown and David Laboucane — were crossing a parking lot downtown the next day when they came across Taylor.
“He looked at them and said, ‘You know what happens to rats, eh?’”
Brown died of a suspected drug overdose during the trial. Tralnberg and Laboucane testified they could not remember what the shooter looked like.
Taylor, 27, is facing the prospect of several other trials on other charges. Mann said he has an extensive criminal record, including as a youth raised up to adult court for the sentencing.
Defence lawyer Jeremy Jensen told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ian Meiklem that his client had a six- or seven-year period, until last year, during which he “wisened up” and had no criminal activity on his record.
Jensen and the Crown gave a joint sentencing submission. Taylor has been in custody for a month on the charge, giving an effective sentence of five months.