(Tyler St. Paul. Facebook photo)
APTN National News
WINNIPEG–Eight inmates in a Manitoba provincial jail have been charged with second degree murder in connection with the beating death of Tyler St. Paul, 21, who was found in his cell Monday, RCMP said Wednesday.
All eight are under the age of 25; two are 18 years-old, one is 17.
The RCMP said all charged have gang affiliations.
St. Paul’s murder was the first at Milner Ridge Institution.
According to a source, St. Paul was a member of the Money Over Bitches ( known also as Most Organized Brothers) gang, which goes by the acronym MOB.
The jail-house source said MOB gang members beat St.Paul to death, but they may not have meant to kill him.
St. Paul did not die immediately from the beating the source said, but lay in his cell and pleaded for help.
“He didn’t die during the night,” said the source. “I guess in the morning he asked for help and … after that he died.”
St. Paul was from Lake Manitoba First Nation. He was serving a 15 month sentence for drug trafficking.
He was the father of a six month-old child.
Those charged are Joey Richard Delaronde, 25; Emile Hugh Williams, 22; Eric Edward Plante, 20; Daniel Christopher Dumas, 19; Nathan Florian Allard, 19; Eriberto Alexander Soldat, 18; Brent Edward Houle, and a 17 year-old who isn’t named because he is a minor.
Manitoba Justice’s corrections branch is also doing a parallel operational review of the incident.
It is also possible that St. Paul’s death could lead to a coroner’s inquest, but it wouldn’t happen until the criminal charges are dealt with, according to a Manitoba government spokesperson.