A Kamloops man who stabbed to death a former Xaxli’p resident in 2016 following a dispute over money in the motel room they shared has been sentenced to spend nearly six years behind bars.
Gordon Camille was sentenced in B.C. Supreme Court Aug. 20 to 68 months in a federal penitentiary. Earlier this year, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Heather Holmes found Camille, 67, guilty of manslaughter.
Former Xaxli’p resident Dennis Adolph, 49, was found dead in the 4 Seasons Motel in the Kamloops suburb of Valleyview in a suite he shared with Camille on Jan. 26, 2016. Camille reported Adolph’s injuries to motel staff, who then summoned police.
Camille was arrested and questioned for 17 hours. During the lengthy questioning, he admitted to being responsible for Adolph’s death, but that admission was later ruled inadmissible by Justice Holmes.
Camille told police he and Adolph had been arguing about money.
At trial, court heard Adolph died of blood loss after he was stabbed a single time in the abdomen. Court heard Adolph’s blood-alcohol level at the time of his death was 0.40 - five times the legal limit to drive and potentially fatal on its own, according to the doctor who conducted his autopsy.
Camille has a lengthy criminal record, including another manslaughter conviction in 1984. In that instance, he drunkenly shot his spouse while she sat in an outhouse, then confessed to a neighbour and, later, to police.
He also served jail time for two separate stabbings in Kamloops - one in 1998 and the second in 2008, in addition to a 1994 stomping incident. Alcohol was involved in all five offences.
In addition to his prison sentence, Camille was also ordered to provide a sample of his DNA to a national criminal database and barred for life from possessing firearms.