VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Three men have been handed prison time after a fatal swarming outside a Vancouver nightclub.

Tyson Edwards was punched, kicked and fatally stabbed. The deadly assault happened as Edwards, 21, was leaving the former Richards on Richards club in February, 2009.

The judge says Edwards was unable to defend himself as he was swarmed and then kicked while he was on the ground. Afterwards, it was discovered he had also been stabbed.

It’s unclear who stabbed Edwards, but three men were convicted of manslaughter.

Patrick Avery Plowman, 33, and Nolan Swallow, 32, were given seven years in prison. Sebastian Lucas Miazga, 27, was given five years.

A fourth man charged in the attack, Kalum Cain, was acquitted after trial.