Killer who slays second innocent man from Heights area lands life sentence

Twice in a little over three months in 2012, cold-blooded killer Shakeil Wheatle shot a completely innocent stranger — both of the victims died simply because they lived in Lawrence Heights, an area Wheatle despised.

Wheatle pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing Marvin Engelbrecht simply because he was strolling on Flemington Rd. while walking his Doberman Tequila on Oct. 29, 2012.

“Engelbrecht was selected randomly simply because of where he lived,” said Justice John McMahon.

“The gun violence is at a point where people are being shot randomly because of where they live,” said McMahon. “It’s a terrifying thought for everyone where this takes place.”

Engelbrecht was killed in a hail of bullets. Wheatle repeatedly shot his .357 Magnum handgun at Engelbrecht, but the other, unidentified shooter fired the fatal bullet.

He is still at large.

“I will never be the same,” said Engelbrecht’s mom Semon.

Marvin Engelbrecht (Supplied photo)

“I had five children and I have lost one. It’s one less hug, one less kiss, one less place set at the table. One less I love you.”

“Marvin was the kindest soul I’ve ever known … he was like a human magnet and he was talented in different ways, musically, athletically and all round artistic,” said his brother Leon.

“He was only five-foot-six yet he could dunk a basketball.

“He taught himself how to play the drums, how to draw and even how to DJ.”

This is Wheatle’s second murder of an innocent stranger in the Lawrence Heights community in 2012.
The motive is he and other residents of the “South Side” are of Jane St.-Wilson Ave. harbour a long-standing grudge against the Lawrence Heights dwellers.

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Wheatle, 24, is already serving a life sentence after a jury convicted him in February this year of first-degree murder for the July 19, 2012 random execution of Daniel Davis, another Lawrence Heights victim.

The 27-year-old man was shot eight times by Wheatle, his old friend, Jerome “Germz” Bent and another unidentified killer as he chatted with his friends behind an elementary school in Flemington Park,  which is within walking distance of Engelbrecht’s homicide.

Both victims were unarmed, law-abiding men with no criminal records.

Bent also pleaded guilty to second degree murder for Davis’ murder and to first-degree murder for the slaying of Delano Coombs, 27, on May 10, 2012. Bent and Wheatle must wait 25 years to seek parole.

Wheatle’s parole ineligibility period of 14 years for Engelbrecht’s killing will run concurrently.

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Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies