Vermette sentenced for role in 2015 murder of Troy Napope

The second man involved in the 2015 murder of Troy Napope will spend at least two decades behind bars.

On Tuesday, Braidy Chase Vermette pled guilty to the charge of second-degree murder at the Prince Albert Court of Queen’s Bench. He was sentenced to life in prison, with no chance at parole for the next 20 years.

Vermette also pled guilty to charges stemming from an incident in March 2016, when he escaped corrections officers during a trip to Victoria Hospital. He was sentenced to seven years in prison for that charge. Both sentences will run concurrently.

Napope was last seen at a party in Prince Albert in the early morning hours of May 28, 2015. The burned out shell of his car was discovered on May 29, although at the time, police did not realize the two incidents were connected. He was reported missing on June 6. The RCMP’s Major Crime Unit North and the Prince Albert Police Service conducted two major searches in January and February 2016 to try and find his body.

In May 2017, Skylar Patrick Bird also received a life sentence for his role in Napope’s death. Bird pled guilty to second-degree murder, with the chance of parole in 10 years.