Shooter pleads guilty after man gunned down on doorstep
The identity of the victim has not yet been released by police, but neighbours identified him as Jonathen Patko. (Facebook).
Published Tuesday, March 6, 2018 4:43PM PST
A man accused in the fatal shooting of a 32-year-old Maple Ridge man pleaded guilty a year and a half after the incident.
Deane Sahanovitch entered the plea Friday to the charge of manslaughter with a firearm, homicide investigators announced four days later.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team provided no further information on Sahanovitch, the shooting or a possible motive.
The plea came more than 17 months after Jonathen Patko was found injured on his doorstep in the 24300-block of 102 Avenue.
Patko was rushed to hospital just after 2 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, but did not survive.
At the time, IHIT said his death appeared targeted. Patko was known to police, having been accused, then acquitted, of beating a man to death years earlier.
Since that time, court records showed Patko had some driving offences and a dispute with ICBC about who was at fault over a crash.
With files from CTV Vancouver's Jon Woodward