Suspects plead guilty in Hannon murder

Three killers have been sentenced in the death of a friend.

The three former friends of Nicholas Hannon have pleaded guilty to his murder, and will be behind bars for at least 18 years.

On Jan. 23, Brad Flaherty, Keith Tankard, and Connor Campbell entered guilty pleas to second degree murder.

They have been sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility of parole for 18 years.

Hannon was 19 when he disappeared in late February of 2014 from the Walnut Grove area.

The missing persons investigation was eventually taken over by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) when it was suspected foul play was involved.

The IHIT Cold Case team undertook a lengthy investigation that led to charges against Flaherty, Tankard, and Campbell in September, 2015.

All three suspects had known Hannon and his family for years. Nicholas’s father Craig Hannon had coached the suspects in hockey.

The Hannon family offered a $10,000 reward for their son’s safe return shortly after his disappearance.

Nicholas Hannon’s remains were discovered in a heavily wooded area near Mission, around the time that the three killers were arrested and charged.