May 19, 2024
“The board cancels the suspension of your statutory release with a reprimand. It is the board’s opinion that you will not, by reoffending before the expiration of your sentence according to law, present an undue risk to society if released,” Reynen said.

Former B.C. Hells Angels sent back to prison, then released despite Corrections concerns

A former Hells Angel who killed a Kelowna grandfather has had his statutory release reinstated despite concerns about his behaviour

A former Hells Angel convicted of beating a Kelowna grandfather to death should be released from prison despite concerns of Correctional Service Canada staff about his earlier behaviour in the community.Robert Leonard Thomas, 59, had his statutory release suspended last fall after becoming “unreasonable, difficult, and rude” with his halfway house staff and his parole officer, according to Parole Board of Canada member Carol-Ann Reynen.

But on May 2, Reynen decided Thomas could be released again, as long as he remained in a community residential facility with special conditions.

Thomas and fellow Hells Angel Norman Cox pleaded guilty to manslaughter in January of 2014 for a roadside hammer and baseball bat beating that killed Kelowna resident Dain Phillips. Phillips, who was unarmed, had been trying to resolve a dispute between his sons and associates of the two bikers when they attacked.Thomas was sentenced to just over 11 years in prison. Reynen doesn’t mention the notorious biker gang by name in her nine-page ruling, but says Thomas was “introduced to members of an internationally known criminal organization through your work as a tattoo artist, and you eventually became a full member of the crime group.”

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