Man jailed for Surrey murder found dead in cell

Darryl Cole was serving time for 2007 grow rip beating.

A man serving time in Kent Institution for beating a man to death in Surrey was found dead at the prison on Wednesday.

One of two men doing time for beating a man to death during a marijuana grow rip in Surrey nearly four years ago was found dead in his prison cell Wednesday morning.

Darryl Cole, 44, an inmate at Kent Institution, was found dead at about 4 a.m. Foul play is not suspected, according to a news release from Kent, but an investigation is underway.

Cole was near the beginning of a 13-and-a-half-year sentence (minus four years served) for manslaughter for the 2007 beating death of Michael Gerald Larson in Surrey.

Cole and another man, Joshua Steve Holl, both pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced in February. The pair was among four people who were planning to rob a marijuana grow operation that Larson was taking care of in a home near 156 Street and 48 Avenue.

When they first broke into the home, Larson tried to run and was sprayed with pepper spray by Holl. Then Cole beat Larson with a bat until he was unconscious and he was tied up while the thieves stole what they wanted and left. Testimony at the trial indicated Larson may have survived had he received immediate medical attention.

Holl is currently serving an eight year sentence, minus four-and-a-half years for time served.

– with files from Jessica Peters

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

Just Posted

Surrey’s newest task force aims to find ‘innovative’ ways to bring in revenue

McCallum says city’s revenue sources shouldn’t ‘completely rely on the taxpayer all the time’

White Rock BNSF train whistles to be silenced by end of month

Whistle will sound if people or animals are on the track

White Rock RCMP tells public to yield to pedestrians at marked crosswalks

Police force received a number of complaints about crosswalk safety

No Surrey Knights or White Rock Whalers on league all-star team

PJHL squad will battle Vancouver Island league standouts in Delta on Jan. 26

Calling a snow day – or not – is a big decision for Surrey public schools

There’s much to consider before cancelling classes for 73,948 Surrey students

‘Scariest boat ride of my life’: Passengers trapped by ice on rocky B.C. ferry sailing

The Nimpkish docked in Bella Coola on Jan.12 coated in a thick layer of ice

Special prosecutor to review Cranbrook toddler drowning case

Evidence disclosure at issue in the case of a woman sentenced for criminal negligence causing death

UPDATE: Supreme Court dismisses B.C.’s appeal in Trans Mountain pipeline case

Judges decide whether B.C.’s power to protect environment can include impeding a federal project

10 B.C. cities break temperature records in winter storm

Quesnel dipped to -41.9 C, breaking a record from 1916

Vancouver Island child struck, pinned under SUV while sledding

Boy suffers serious injuries, no charges laid in incident

VIDEO: Lower Mainland principal makes ‘Moana’-themed snow day music video

Kendra Simonetto parodied “How Far I’ll Go” to share weather updates with her students

Unprepared for chemistry test, B.C. student begs superintendent to call another snow day

The student from West Vancouver promised he would study more, but was distracted by skiing and hot chocolate

Over 16,000 people nabbed by RCMP between border crossings in 2019

In 2019, 63,830 claims were filed, up from 55,040 in 2018

Most Read

l -->