*UPDATE* Further charges laid in Jarock death

South East District Major Crime Unit have confirmed further charges have been laid against a 23-year-old Invermere man.

The Southeast District Major Crimes Unit has announced that further charges will be laid against Brian Thomas Panebianco in relation to the death of Cory Jarock of Invermere.

Panebianco, 23, was first taken into custody on July 19 on charges of robbery, assault and breach of recognizance in relation to the death of Jarock, who was found unresponsive on the driveway of a private Invermere residence on April 3, 2012. On August 16, the RCMP confirmed that Panebianco is now charged with manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death in addition to the previous charges. The RCMP have not yet released the cause of Jarock’s death or the circumstances leading up to it as the investigation is still ongoing.

“The only update that we’re sending out is that the other two charges have been laid,” RCMP Media Relations Officer Cst. Lesley Smith told The Valley Echo. “[The circumstances are] part of the investigation, and are part of the evidence that’s being given to Crown council and to the courts, so we won’t be able to comment on those circumstances.”

Columbia Valley RCMP Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac has said that Panebianco was well-known to police before his arrest, and was also wanted on other outstanding warrants.

Panebianco remains in custody awaiting a court appearance for September 11, 2012 in Golden.



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