Adam Hanson was killed at a Surrey house party in 2008. His murderer pleaded guilty in court on Sept. 20.

Guilty plea in 2008 Surrey murder

Adam Hanson was shot at a New Year's Eve party by Jamie Harris.

The mom of a man shot and killed at a New Year’s Eve party more than three years ago says she can finally put her son to rest now that his murderer has pleaded guilty.

Adam Hanson, 29, was killed on Dec. 31, 2008 at a house party near 112 Avenue and 134 Street in Surrey. Jamie Harris, also known as Jamie Farrell, wasn’t charged until August 2010, but pleaded guilty to second degree murder Tuesday (Sept. 20) in Vancouver Supreme Court.

“People have come forward and done the right thing,” said Adam’s mother, Janet Hanson, in a written statement. “It took a lot of courage for the witnesses to stand up and tell the truth and for Jamie to admit responsibility.”

The family also thanked investigators for their commitment and said as glad as they are for a conclusion in the case, it remains a tragedy that Adam will never have the opportunity to turn his life around.

“We, as a family, are hoping that, if anything positive can come from this tragedy, it is our restored faith that people will stand up for justice and tell the truth,” said Janet Hanson. “What it cannot change is that we will forever miss our son.”

Harris, 33, is due back in court Nov. 14 for sentencing.

 

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