Suspect guilty in death of pastor’s son in Langley


Just over a year after Taylor Johnson was found dead in a vacant Langley home being used as a marijuana grow operation, a Surrey man has admitted to manslaughter.

Jesse River Jordan Hill appeared in B.C. provincial court in Surrey Wednesday to enter a plea to a charge of manslaughter with a firearm. He was initially charged with second-degree murder, break and enter, intentionally discharging a firearm and disguising his face.

On the evening of Feb. 26, 2013, Langley RCMP were called to a home in the 2000-block 200th Street in South Langley to check on Johnson’s well being. Officers found the 21-year-old dead.

The house was being used as a marijuana grow-op and police believed that whoever killed Johnson was after the crop. The men did not know each other. Johnson was merely a caretaker at the house and was not involved in the grow-op.

Shortly after Hill’s arrest, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Pound said, “Taylor was a good kid with no criminal record. He was naive, and he made a bad decision that ultimately cost him his life.”

Johnson was the son of the lead pastor at South Delta Baptist Church. His family described him as gentle, trusting and caring.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Hill in September. According to the Criminal Code of Canada, the minimum sentence for manslaughter with a firearm is four years in prison. Hill has been in custody since he was charged in October 2013.

– Jennifer Saltman is a reporter for the Vancouver Province.

Just Posted

Giants defenceman Bowen Byram named WHL On the Run Player of the Week

Registered three goals and three assists in a pair of victories for Langley-based team

British wheels have a certain appeal

Langley Area Mostly British Motoring Club celebrates English auto design

LETTER: Langley resident says a cancer plague is building

A Langley City man believes a poor diet and unhealed emotions are part of his cancer journey.

‘Diamond’ for Aldergrove rock fans

Fraser Valley Rock and Gem Club marks 60 years in Aldergrove

UPDATE: Langley’s Fairy Godmother Foundation received ‘unbelievable’ amount of prom wear

Lizette Etsebeth’s Fairy Godmother Foundation collected approximately 450 dresses.

UK lawmakers reject Brexit deal in 432-202 vote

House of Commons votes against the deal struck between Britain’s government and the EU

Letters on way to all homeowners in B.C. speculation tax communities

Property owners have to register to avoid vacant-home tax

New orca calf in Salish Sea ‘healthy and active’

Birth cause for celebration but things still dire genetically, expert says

Good Samaritan rescues cat found in heaps of garbage at B.C. landfill

The cat was abandoned and left to die at the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill, the BC SPCA says

Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna home to Canada’s most expensive rentals: report

According to PadMapper, units in larger B.C. cities cost $1,300 to more than $3,000

Former MP Svend Robinson wants to return to politics

Robinson is expected to be acclaimed as the NDP candidate in the riding of Burnaby North-Seymour

B.C. home sales drop 25% in 2018

The B.C. Real Estate Association points to the federal government’s mortage stress test

Canada asks China for clemency for B.C. man sentenced to death, Freeland says

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was sentenced to 15 years, but after new trial, was sentenced to die

Body found near Lions Bay believed to be missing woman

Lorraine Prebushewski, in her 60s, had been reported missing Sunday afternoon

Most Read