Court Sentences Two Full-Patch Hells Angels to Manslaughter

In an unprecedented decision by the Vancouver Supreme Court, it has sentenced two high profile members of the Hell’s Angels accused in the 2011 homicide of Dain Phillips, Robert Leonard Thomas and Norman Robert Cocks, to manslaughter on Wednesday. Both suspects had plead guilty to manslaughter last Thursday.

Chief Superintendent of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia, Dan Malo, mentioned in a press release that “it is a testament to the hard work of dedicated officers and the CFSEU-BC working closely with the Kelowna RCMP that helped result in two full-patch Hells Angels members being convicted and sentenced for manslaughter in British Columbia, for the first time.” He added that “previous investigations and convictions have made it clear that members of the Hells Angels are involved in drugs, weapons, and violence-related offences.” Furthermore, Malo alleged that “through a coordinated and unified effort, CFSEU-BC and its partner agencies will continue to disrupt organized crime groups like the Hells Angels and eliminate their continued threat to public safety.”

On the other hand, the Officer in Charge of the Kelowna RCMP, Supt Nick Romanchuk, also mentioned that “investigations such as this are both challenging and time-consuming and I would like to acknowledge the diligence of our investigative team and our partners at CFSEU-BC.” He added that “although the matter remains before the Courts, I hope these guilty pleas will serve to bring some measure of closure to those who cared for Dain Phillips.”

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