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News Items tag as: Joseph Bruce Skreptak

  • Appeal denied for alleged Hells Angels associate guilty of weapons charges

    KELOWNA - An appeal by an alleged associate of the Hells Angels who was found guilty of being in a 'rolling arsenal' near Salmon Arm in 2010 was dismissed in a Vancouver court this week.
  • Alleged gangster convicted for cache of guns released

    KELOWNA – A man suspected of having ties to the Hells Angels who was convicted of almost a dozen weapons-related charges last year has been released from custody pending an appeal.
  • Hells Angel and friend get five years for gun charges

    KELOWNA – Two men with ties to the Hells Angels were each sentenced to five years in jail Tuesday for getting caught carrying an arsenal of weapons in 2010.
  • Hells Angel sentencing could be postponed until after Christmas

    KELOWNA - What was supposed to be a day of final submissions ahead of sentencing has turned into a multi-day examination into the lives of two men convicted of multiple weapons charges.
     
    Admitted Hells Angel Joseph Bruce Skreptak and alleged gang associate Cory Montemurro asked to postpone sentencing until early January so they can spend Christmas with their families.
     
    The men were with two others when they were arrested Nov. 25, 2010 near Tappen, B.C. Inside their rented Jeep Grand Cherokee police found loaded guns as well as body armour, masks, bear spray, latex gloves, multiple knives and cell phones. Two handguns were also found in a snowbank near the area where they were pulled over, as was a hand drawn map and directions to a house in the area.
     
    Skreptak and Montemurro were found guilty of all charges in September 2014 but sentencing was delayed several times.
     
    On Monday, Justice Allan Betton said he would hear final submissions before deciding when the sentencing would take place. On Tuesday, Skreptak's lawyer, Kelly Christiansen, told the court her client—who spent more than two years in prison for a 2010 aggravated assault—only joined the infamous motorcycle gang because of the good work they do with children and their shared love of motorcycles.
     
    "Any group has its positive aspects and its negative aspects," she said. "His focus is the bikes and the riding and the freedom. He was never directed to commit any crimes... and is a proud member of that group."
     
    Crown is seeking seven years in Federal prison for both Skreptak and Montemurro but defence say sentences of three years for Montemurro and four years for Skreptak are more appropriate, given that the only crime they committed was possession of weapons and a small amount of marijuana.
     
    Charges against the other two men in the vehicle, Dennis Miner and Carl Ennis, were dropped. Submissions are expected to continue tomorrow.
     
    To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.
     
  • Judge denies Hells Angel's request to change judges for sentencing

    KELOWNA - Full patch Hells Angel Joseph Bruce Skreptak and alleged gang associate Cory Montemurro's application to have a different judge sentence them was denied in Kelowna Supreme Court Tuesday.
     
     
    The sentencing was scheduled to take place this week, however according to defence lawyer Dan Skogstad, Justice Geoff Barrow is too ill to continue. The man chosen to replace him is the same Justice who last year found Skreptak guilty of the aggravated assault of the father of a boy he says stole from him in 2010.
     
    Defense lawyers Skogstad and Kelly Christiansen say Justice Allan Betton's expressed belief that Skreptak's assault was done as a full patch member of the Hells Angels will influence him towards harsher sentences for both Montemurro and Skreptak.
     
    "If you were to hear this sentencing matter you would be hearing the same autobiographical matter, and reviewing letters of reference from the same individuals, upon which you had concerns they even knew who Mr. Skreptak was, and that you already found Mr. Skreptak himself unreliable," Christiansen said.
     
    Justice Betton denied the application and sentencing is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 8.
     
    Four of the 11 charges both men face carry a mandatory minimum sentence of three years each.
     
    To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.
  • Hells Angel found guilty on weapons charges

    KELOWNA – The public may never know what would have happened had four armed men not been pulled over for speeding two years agobut what police found inside the vehicle that night was enough to convict two of them of almost a dozen charges.
  • UPDATE: Cache of guns, Hell's Angels paraphernalia found on traffic stop: Crown

    KELOWNA – Whether or not Hell’s Angel Joseph Bruce Skreptak knew he was in a vehicle full of guns when he was arrested Nov. 25, 2010 was the focus of the opening day of his Supreme Court trial Wednesday morning.
  • Kelowna Hell's Angel gets jail time for brutal beating

    KELOWNA - A self-acknowleged Hell's Angels member from Kelowna was sentenced to two years and two months in prison today. Joseph Bruce Skreptak pleaded guilty to an unprovoked assault on the father of a young boy he suspected of stealing from him.
  • No pillows: Kelowna Hell's Angel complains about prison

    "HE WAS NOT ON HOLIDAY AT A FIVE-STAR RESORT:" CROWN

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