No more jail time for Jackman

The June 24 sentencing hearing for Albert Jacob Jackman in the 2009 beating of a Langley man won’t mean any more jail time for the 24-year-old involved in a reported sledgehammer attack.

That’s because Jackman is already in prison serving the longest jail sentence possible under Canadian law, life with no parole for 25 years in the unrelated murder of another man.

The June 24 sentencing hearing for Albert Jacob Jackman in the 2009 beating of a Langley man won’t mean any more jail time for the 24-year-old involved in a reported sledgehammer attack.

That’s because Jackman is already in prison serving the longest jail sentence possible under Canadian law, life with no parole for 25 years in the unrelated murder of another man.

Any time served for the beating will almost certainly run concurrently, within the 25 years.

Shortly after he was convicted of first-degree murder and received his automatic life sentence, Jackman pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault and one count of unlawful confinement in the gang-related attack that sent 29-year-old Tyler Willock to hospital with multiple fractures.

One count of assault with a weapon will be stayed.

The trial of the second man charged in the Willock beating, Wesley Edward Kelemen, is continuing in New Westminster.

Kelemen, 24, is charged with one count of aggravated assault.

The first three weeks of Kelemen’s B.C. Supreme Court hearing have been reserved for arguments over the admissibility of certain evidence and cannot be reported because the jury is not present.

The jury portion of the trial is set to begin on Monday, June 27.

The charges against Jackman and Kelemen were laid after Willock was reportedly attacked with a sledgehammer at a residence in the 21000 block of 86 Avenue on March 8, 2009.

He suffered multiple fractures and puncture wounds to his arms and legs that required extensive surgery and a lengthy hospital stay.

At the time, the provincial gang task force said there were significant links between the assault on Willock, who was described as a gang associate, and ongoing gang investigations.

It was the second known attempt to injure Willock.

He escaped injury during the first, a drive-by shooting on Feb. 16, 2009 in Surrey outside the T-Barz show lounge on 137 Street near 104A Avenue.

Willock was riding in a Range Rover with another man and two women that stopped at the intersection near the club  when another SUV opened fire.

The bullet-riddled Rover fled to Langley, where the driver was rushed to hospital with a bullet wound in his left shoulder.

He was treated and released.

Five people including reputed gang leader Barzan Tilli-Cholli have since been charged in connection with the SUV attack.

In an unrelated matter, in April of this year Willock pleaded guilty to three firearms charges.

He will be sentenced in July.

Surrey North Delta Leader