Tuesday, August 28, 2012
13 Hells Angels plead guilty to murder
Thirteen members of the Hells Angels pleaded guilty Monday to charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder at the Gouin courthouse in Montreal. They were arrested in an April 2009 police sweep, the culmination of Operation SharQc, a three-year investigation of the Hells Angels drug and gang activity in Quebec and New Brunswick. Ten are full-patch members of the Hells Angels' chapter in Sherbrooke, two others are associate members of the Montreal chapter and one is from the South chapter.
The Crown dropped 22 murder charges against 13 Hells Angels members and associates in exchange for guilty pleas that will cut their sentences in half. Eleven of the accused received sentences ranging from six to 11 years in prison. The remaining two, Yves Laforêt et Guy Lemoyne, will be sentenced on Oct. 26. Those who pleaded guilty will be unable to seek parole until they have served at least half of their sentence.
A publication ban prevents media from revealing details about the nature and extent of their involvement in killings during the bloody biker war, in which 165 criminals and bystanders were killed from 1994 to 2002. Several members of the Hells Angels chapter from Sherbrooke, QC, are scheduled to be tried en masse this fall.
Publication ban. That is not right. Guy Rodrigue is a founding member of the Hells Angels Sherbrooke chapter. In 1987, he was convicted for his role in the murders of five members of the North Chapter (Laval) Hells Angels. Also known as the Lennoxville Massacre. Rodrigue was sentenced to four years in prison.
From 1994 to 2002, says in a statement on the Quebec government issued yesterday, he was party to 22 plots of murder, "and he had personally ordered several" in order to increase market share Hells Angels in drug trafficking. I appears that Rodrigue is still at large and is on Quebec's 10 most wanted list. Here's a video clip of him. If you see him, call it in.