Today, Dillon Whitehawk was sentenced to life in prison with parole-eligible after 25 years.
Whitehawk was found guilty of first-degree murder earlier this year in the deaths of 27-year-old Jordan Denton and 23-year-old Keenan Toto.
He will also have to provide a DNA sample, a lifetime weapon prohibition, and non-contact order with the witnesses in his trial.
Denton was shot and killed on the 800 block of Robinson Street on November 9, 2019, and Toto was shot and killed on December 1, 2019, on the 1200 Block of Queen Street.
The crown alleged that the murders were connected to a street gang ‘war’ between the Indian Mafia (IM) and the Native Syndicate Killers (NSK), and the Whitehawk was trying to ‘work his way up the ranks as a member of the IM. They also alleged that Whitehawk was a passenger in a vehicle approaching the victims in both cases and that someone in the vehicle asked the victims about gang affiliation before being shot and killed.
Whitehawk has also been accused of the January 2, 2020, death of Keesha Cree Alexandra Bitternose. He is also charged with first-degree murder, with that trial still scheduled to proceed in September.
Justice Neil Robertson had words for Whitehawk.
“I hope you will reflect on the harm you have done.”
Before the sentence was issued, several victim impact statements were read.
Jillian LaPlante, Jordan Denton’s wife, said that she is suffering without Denton, and the wound wouldn’t heal as long as Whitehawk is alive.
Keenan Toto’s wife also had words for Whitehawk in her statement, which was read by the Crown.
“The hurt you caused can never be taken back.”
The last statement was that of Trina Toto’ Keena’s mother, who said she is lost without her son.
“My life was forever destroyed in that moment. I have nightmares now. It’s constantly on my mind,” she said.