Former Langley resident given life sentence for double killing

No chance of parole for John Ike Koopmans for 22 years in deaths of Princeton couple and attempted murder of third person

Former Langley resident John Ike Koopmans, 51, has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 22 years for the killings of a Princeton couple and the attempted murder of their tenant.

At the time of the triple shooting in Princeton on March 30, 2013, Koopmans was living in the area after moving from Langley. It was learned in court that Koopmans believed one of the victims had robbed his rural residence, and he’d gone to confront him.

He found the man in his bed, where he shot and killed him and his common-law wife, and then shot, but didn’t kill, their friend who was staying with them.

Koopmans was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted murder after the bodies of a 44-year-old man and 32-year-old woman were found inside the trailer bedroom.

Koopmans requested a jury trial and denied his role in the shootings.

The jury found him guilty and recommended 30 years in prison.

The judge determined that length of time to be excessive.

Langley Times