Former gang enforcer involved in machete attacks gets nearly six years

Storm Shadow Peeace, 29, pleaded guilty to the assault on June 9, 2019 of a couple in the one-bedroom building at 375 Princess Ave.

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A former gang enforcer who attacked two residents of an apartment building in Downtown Eastside with a machete and was later found in possession of a loaded firearm has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.

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Storm Shadow Peeace, 29, pleaded guilty to the assault on June 9, 2019 of a couple in the one-bedroom building at 375 Princess Ave.

Along with two other men, Peeace went into a room and used the machete to cut one of the victims, causing him to almost cut his thumb. When the other victim tried to kick him, he responded by hitting her in the leg with the machete. She required 40 stitches to repair the tear.

During the attack, one of the other men accompanying Peeace aimed a firearm at one of the victims, strained it and said, “Give up, give it all up and you will not be harmed,” before using the gun to hit the victim repeatedly in the head and body.

Peeace and the two other men fled after one of the victims managed to spray them with pepper spray.

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He hid the machete in a nearby lane, but police found the weapon and tests revealed the presence of DNA linking it to the crime.

The victims were originally cooperating with the police, but did not submit victim impact statements to the court.

In her ruling, Provincial Court Judge Reginald Harris acknowledged the disruption that the attack was likely to cause to a fragile community.

“In particular, rooming houses are home to some of society’s most vulnerable, and I have no doubt that the violence and the ensuing chaos probably caused fear for many who simply wanted to live in a peaceful and safe environment.”

The judge noted that the defendant, who identifies as native and had a “chaotic” and “horrible” upbringing, was born in Calgary and at the age of 16 lived on the streets, used drugs and was a member of the Fresh Off Boat Gang. .

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He became an enforcer with the gang, but after an altercation with the band’s higher ups and fear for his life, he fled to Vancouver.

Peeace, which has a long criminal record with offenses, including robbery, assault, assault on a peace officer and carrying a concealed weapon, had a report drawn up on the impact of his original background.

“In terms of Mr. Peeace’s moral guilt, the presence of weapons, the number of people involved and the entry method show planning and deliberation, which speaks to a higher level of guilt,” the judge said.

“But the guilt analysis also requires recognition of the role that Mr. Peeace’s original background played in bringing him to the crime.”

Colonization and mistreatment of indigenous peoples contributed directly and indirectly to Peeace’s low self-esteem, trauma, addiction, poverty, low education, and loss of community support and guidance, the judge said.

Peeace, which was also found in possession of a loaded semi-automatic rifle on September 8, 2020, received a combined sentence for the two offenses of five years and 10 months in prison. He was ordered to submit a DNA sample and was given a life-long ban on possessing firearms.

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