UPDATE: Victoria drive-by shooting couple sentenced after pleading guilty

Dennis Fletcher, 24, and Whitney Furber, 26, were high on meth when shooting occurred outside downtown Victoria nightclub

Dennis Grant Fletcher will spend the next eight years in a federal prison after he recklessly fired 14 shots into a crowd outside a downtown Victoria nightclub last winter.

The Feb. 25 incident outside Club 9one9 injured a doorman and led to a high-speed chase through Victoria and Saanich.

Justice Mary Humphries agreed to a joint submission from Crown and defence which gave Fletcher, 24, an eight-year sentence for attempted murder, and concurrent sentences for aggravated assault, discharging a prohibited firearm and possession of a prohibited firearm. He also faces a firearms and explosives ban for life and must submit to a DNA sample.

Fletcher’s co-accused, Whitney Rae Furber, 26, was given a three-year sentence for possession of a prohibited firearm and six months for dangerous driving. She will also be prohibited from driving for two years upon release.

The couple had been ejected from the nightclub just prior to the shooting and were under the influence on methamphetamine and alcohol when they hatched their ill-advised scheme, Humphries said.

During their ejection, Fletcher was overheard by witnesses threatening a bouncer and seen motioning a pistol with his hand, saying, “Bang, bang. You’re dead.”

Furbur then drove past the nightclub moments later, as Fletcher unleashed a barrage of bullets on the unsuspecting crowd from the passenger seat.

One bullet penetrated the chair of a cover charge attendant who was on a break at the time, and all but doorman Michael Mizerski were physically unharmed.

“It’s extremely fortunate more people weren’t hurt or killed in this situation,” Humphries said during her summary of facts.

VicPD then engaged Furber in a high-speed chase, where she hit speeds of 100 km/hr on Hillside Avenue and at one point drove on the wrong side of the median. Until today, Furber had no criminal record and only a single driving infraction, Humphries said.

Furber was arrested minutes later after abandoning the vehicle, while Fletcher managed to evade police for three days.

Both convicts were clearly making decisions that were “fuelled by drugs,” she said.

After their sentences were read out, Fletcher quickly exited the courtroom in handcuffs, while Furber locked eyes with a supporter and smiled, her shackles forcing quick, shuffled steps towards the exit.

In a statement, VicPD said public help was instrumental in the successful convictions.

“In some cities, shootings like this happen on a regular basis,” said Insp. John Craig with VicPD’s investigative services division. “We are proud to serve two communities who refuse to let violent acts like this become commonplace. When these events do occur, we are proud to work alongside our citizens to set things right.”

dpalmer@vicnews.com

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Rebecca Lang of Any Thyme Gardening installed a seed exchange library in front of her home on Beechwood Avenue. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Victoria gardeners scramble to create local seed exchanges

Fairfield resident’s seed exchange an instant hit

On Feb. 27, a construction vehicle remained on the site of the former encampment between the Pat Bay Highway and McKenzie Avenue as part a clean-up effort. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Encampment between Pat Bay Highway, McKenzie Avenue cleared, all residents relocated

Efforts to disband encampment resumed after January fire

Sooke resident Nathan Hanson popped both his driver’s side tires on a pothole near a construction site on Sooke Road. Hanson said he was following a line of traffic and was just before the 17 Mile Pub when he drove over the pothole. (Photo contributed/Nathan Hanson)
Driver blows two tires on pothole near construction site on Sooke Road

Ministry of Transportation says keeping highways in good condition a priority

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for Greater Victoria, with winds expected to get up to 70 km/h Friday morning. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Wind warning promises blustery Friday for Greater Victoria

Winds up to 70 km/h expected Friday morning

Passengers in rows 13 to 19 on Air Canada Jazz flight 8069 from Vancouver to Victoria Feb. 28 were exposed to a case of COVID-19. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
COVID-19 exposure found on flight from Vancouver to Victoria

Passengers in rows 13 to 19 on Air Canada Jazz flight 8069 Feb. 28 affected

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the B.C. legislature press theatre to give a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic, April 6, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. nears 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations, essential workers next

564 new cases, four deaths, no new outbreaks Thursday

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of March 2

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: How’s your butter?

Recent reports have some Canadians giving a second look to one of… Continue reading

Walter Gretzky father of hockey hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as the Buffalo Sabres play against the Toronto Maple Leafs during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky, father of the Great One, dies at 82

Canada’s hockey dad had battled Parkinson’s disease and other health issues

The intersection of Melrose Street and Third Avenue. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Suspect in custody after two pedestrians struck in Port Alberni hit and run

RCMP asking for video footage, credit witnesses for quick arrest

(National Emergency Management Agency)
No tsunami risk to B.C. from powerful New Zealand earthquake: officials

An 8.1 magnitude earthquake shook the north of New Zealand Thursday morning

Comox Valley RCMP had access to 20 Street blocked off between Cousins and Choquette avenues as they conducted a raid of a house on the block. Photo by Terry Farrell
Comox Valley RCMP raid Courtenay problem house, several arrests made

Comox Valley RCMP conducted a raid of a problem house on 20th… Continue reading

(AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
Pandemic stress, isolation key factors as to why Canadians turned to cannabis, alcohol

Study found that isolation played key role in Canadians’ substance use

A Cowichan Valley mom is wondering why masks haven’t been mandated for elementary schools. (Metro Creative photo)
B.C. mom frustrated by lack of mask mandate for elementary students

“Do we want to wait until we end up like Fraser Health?”

Most Read