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Manslaughter charge laid in relation to death of Russ Armfelt in 2016

A Burnaby man has been charged in connection with the death of a 53-year-old Tsawwassen man, following an altercation at the Rose and Crown Pub in December 2016.

Franco Sarra, aged 20, faces a charge of Manslaughter in relation to the incident, under section 236 of the Criminal Code.

Previously, Delta Police had noted that Armfelt was located unconscious and unresponsive early in the morning December 11, 2016. Despite efforts of paramedics to revive him, he later died in hospital. His death was regarded as suspicious.

“Russ Armfelt’s death was a shock to our community. I want to thank the community and Mr. Armfelt’s friends and family for their patience, as this allowed our investigators the time to diligently take the needed steps, so they could bring us to the point we’re at today,” says Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord.

“Investigators updated Mr. Armfelt’s family yesterday with this news, and I can relay that they are feeling a bit numb right now. This day was a long time coming, and it’s hard for them to believe. Our hope is that they can now start to find a bit of closure with this news.”

Police note that the accused and Mr. Armfelt were known to each other.

Franco Sarra is currently held in police custody, and will appear in Surrey court later today.