Man pleads guilty to conspiracy in murder of B.C. gang member: Police

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Police say a man has pleaded guilty in British Columbia Supreme Court to conspiracy in the murder of a gang member at the height of Metro Vancouver’s gang war in 2009.

Police say 38-year-old Kreshnik Ismailaj pleaded guilty more than a decade after Kevin LeClair was murdered in a hail of gunfire at a Langley shopping centre.

At the time of the murder, police said LeClair was a high-ranking member of the Red Scorpion gang.

Cory Valley, who police have said was a member of a rival gang, was convicted last year of first-degree murder and conspiracy to murder LeClair.

Supt. Paul Dadwal of B.C.’s gang squad, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, says¬†Ismailaj and his fellow gang members are responsible for an “unprecedented level of gang violence in the history of British Columbia.”

Dadwal says the latest conviction should send a message to those involved in organized crime that police will relentlessly pursue justice.

The Canadian Press