Guilty plea nets three-year sentence in Victoria manslaughter case

Defendant receives double-time credit for jail time already served

A Victoria man was handed the equivalent of a three-year sentence on Tuesday, to be served in federal prison, for the manslaughter death of William “Billy” Lupaschuk in downtown Victoria in 2008.

Lupaschuk, 52, was discovered unconscious and badly hurt in the 400-block of Swift St., not far from where the Streetlink emergency shelter was located at the time, around 10 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2008.

He died about a week later, due to complications from a head injury, an autopsy later revealed.

William Kilby entered a guilty plea in B.C. Supreme Court on Feb. 6.

On Tuesday morning, he was sentenced to three years behind bars by Justice Robert Johnston at the Victoria Law Courts Tuesday morning.

However, Kilby received 122 days credit for the 61 days he has already served in custody while his case moved through the court system, said Neil MacKenzie, B.C.’s Crown spokesperson.

Johnston ordered Kilby to provide a DNA sample to the National DNA Data Bank of Canada, that he not possess or own a firearm for the rest of his life and pay a $100 victim surcharge.

It will be up to corrections officials to decide where in Canada Kilby will serve his prison time, MacKenzie said.

emccracken@vicnews.com