December 17, 2015 - 2:50 PM
VERNON - Three members of a former Vernon gang have lost their bid to have murder and other convictions overturned.
Peter Manolakos, Leslie Podolski and Sheldon O'Donnell were found guilty in the drug-related killings of three men.
They appealed a B.C. Supreme Court judge's pre-trial decision on the status of a confidential informant, saying they were excluded from the hearings.
But the Appeal Court of B.C. ruled there were no grounds to overturn the 2012 convictions.
Manolakos was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2008 shooting of Ronald Thom and manslaughter in the death of David Marnuik in 2004.
O'Donnell was convicted of first-degree murder in Thom's slaying and second-degree murder in the deaths of Marnuik and Thomas Bryce while Podolski was found guilty of first-degree murder in Marnuik's death.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2015