UPDATED: Guilty plea issued in 2008 Mission double murder

Two charges of first-degree filed in relation to the killings of Lisa Dudley and Guthrie McKay

Guthrie McKay and Lisa Dudley

A fourth man has been charged with the 2008 Mission murders of Lisa Dudley and Guthrie McKay.

The RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) announced Monday two charges of first-degree murder against Thomas Robert Holden.

“It is believed that Tom Holden played a significant role and worked closely with the co-accused to plan and commit the murder of Lisa Dudley and Guthrie McKay,” according to a press release from IHIT officer in charge, Spt. Kevin Hackett.

These new charges follow Friday’s guilty plea of manslaughter, entered by another co-accused, Maple Ridge’s Bruce Main, 66.

He was sentenced in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster to eight years in prison. He will serve seven years, as the judge gave him credit for time served in custody.

The judge noted the sentence is low.

“A sentence of eight years is less than you deserve – by far,” he said to Main.

“To the families, my condolences,” the judge stated, adding that he recognized that the sentence “offers very little in terms of solace.”

Outside the courtroom, Lisa Dudley’s stepfather, Mark Surakka said the judgment “didn’t assuage me at all. There’s no elation.”

“I think it’s disgusting,” said Dudley’s mother, Rosemarie.

“It’s not fair,” she said before choking up.

Main was the driver for two men who went to the victims’ home. He was initially charged with the first-degree murders of Lisa Dudley, 37, and her boyfriend, Guthrie McKay, 33.

The couple were found by a neighbour on Sept. 22, 2008 in their residence on Greenwood Drive in Mission four days after a 911 call was received that shots had been fired in the area.

McKay was pronounced dead on the scene. Dudley died en route to hospital.

Jack Douglas Woodruff, 54, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder last March and received an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Justin Andrew MacKinnon, 27, was charged with same offences in June 2011 and is currently in prison. He has pleaded not guilty.

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