Grateful for justice, mother of Jaime Adao Jr. says as men sentenced in 2019 murder

The man who killed a teenager in a violent home invasion that shook Winnipeg’s tight-knit Filipino community has been sentenced to life behind bars, with no chance of parole for 12 years.

Ronald Bruce Chubb was sentenced at Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Friday, after pleading guilty in October to second-degree murder for the 2019 killing of 17-year-old Jaime Adao Jr.

Chubb’s co-accused, Geordie Delmar James, who also pleaded guilty in October, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for manslaughter. 

Jaime’s mother, Imelda Adao, was overcome with emotion outside the courtroom. 

“We’re so grateful that we got the justice — we got the justice and my son’s life is not in vain,” she said, as her husband rested a hand on her shoulder.

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The parents of Jaime Adao Jr. says justice has been served in their son’s death. The 17-year-old was stabbed in 2019 during a violent break-in at his family home. The two men who killed the teen have now been sent to prison. 0:46

“This is one of the hardest days again of our lives, but we have the reality now that he’s no longer with us. They cannot bring back the life of our son, even though they showed remorse.”

The two sentences, issued by Justice Glenn Joyal, were a joint recommendation from the Crown and defence.

Jaime Adao Jr. is seen in photos displayed at a memorial in 2019. (Austin Grabish/CBC)

According an agreed statement of facts presented in court last fall, when Chubb and James pleaded guilty, Adao was killed after the two men broke into the family’s McGee Street home on March 3, 2019.

Adao heard loud banging downstairs and, frightened for his sleeping grandma, called 911. 

Armed with a knife, Chubb went upstairs and entered the bedroom where Adao was hiding. A struggle ensued, which was heard by the 911 operator.

Adao was fatally stabbed in the back, neck and arms with a seven-inch kitchen knife.

Chubb, who was “quite intoxicated,” his lawyer told the court, was still holding the weapon when police arrived. When he refused to drop it, Chubb was shot by police.

James, who was stealing family items downstairs, fled the home after hearing the struggle and the gunshots, the court heard.

Sentence deserved, but ‘we forgive them’: mother

In their victim impact statement, Imelda and her husband, Jaime, fought through tears. They celebrated their son as a respectful and loving person who helped his parents whenever possible, including at the family business, Jimel’s Bakery.

Imelda also expressed pity for Chubb and James, who have previously been in and out of jail. Chubb had a troubled upbringing, court heard, including witnessing the murder of his older brother when Chubb was 13. He’s suffered from addictions and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, his lawyer said at Friday’s sentencing.

“When I heard their story, I feel so sorry about them also, because if they feel love since their childhood, they’re not going to do such things like that in their life,” Imelda said through sobs after the sentencing.

Jaime Adao Jr., 17, died after a home invasion in 2019. He was about to graduate from high school, and hoped to become a chef. (Submitted by Roxanne Roy)

She can forgive the men because of her belief in God, she said.

“We forgive them, but they deserve the life sentence,” she said, referring to Chubb. 

Adao Jr., affectionally known as “Jimboy” to his friends and family, was preparing to graduate from high school when he was killed.

He was planning to attend Red River College. He hoped to become an executive chef in a hotel and continue learning about the family business.

Many in Winnipeg expressed concerns for their safety following his random, unprovoked killing. Police held a safety forum to try to allay resident fears.