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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Guilty Plea in Jane Creba Shooting

27-year old Jeremiah Valentine plead guilty in the murder of Jane Creba and received an automatic life sentence with the chance of parole in 12 years.

The guilty plea came as surprise to many and the Toronto star today aired video of Valentine being a tipster in the murder of Jane Creba. See video here.

The police gave Valentine the chance to request a lawyer and he was not forced to discuss the 2005 Boxing Day shooting of Creba however during the video Valentine doesn’t say too much. Police state Jeremiah Valentine gave police an insider's view of gang life after he was arrested on cocaine charges earlier. Valentine admitted firing a .357 revolver after two groups of young men turned their guns on each other. Creba was killed in the crossfire. Valentine told detectives he was fed up with the gangster life. He said he was tired of watching friends kill friends. Despite past refusals to break the "code of the street" against snitching, he was willing to talk about the secret world of the Driftwood Crips and his own related crew, the Killer Crips, in the Jane St. and Finch Ave. W. area.

According to a court document summarizing the interview, he pointed fingers and named names, detailing the gang hierarchy. He also offered information about two unsolved homicides.

Jury selection in the trial of the last two suspects begins Jan. 25.