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B.C. court tosses former Vernon gang members' bid to appeal murder convictions

Greeks gang leader Peter Monolakas.
Image Credit: (SOURCE: RCMP)
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.

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