Hells Angel found guilty on weapons charges - InfoNews

Current Conditions

Mostly Cloudy
8.6°C

Hells Angel found guilty on weapons charges

A police jammer, latex gloves, knives, a sawed off shotgun, three pistols with ammunition, body armour, a baseball bat, balaclavas and other items were found in a rented Jeep in which the accused, Joseph Skreptak, was a passenger when he was arrested.
Image Credit: Handout
September 30, 2014 - 2:25 PM

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.

Full patch Hells Angel Joseph Bruce Skreptak and alleged gang associate Cory Montemurro were pulled over November 25, 2010 after leaving a legal marijuana grow operation in Salmon Arm. Inside the rented Jeep Cherokee police found a cache of weapons, including loaded handguns, a sawed off shotgun, body armour, gloves, duct tape and masks.

Skreptak and Montemurro, as well as Carl Ennis and Dennis Miner, were arrested and Skreptak and Montemurro charged with 11 counts of gun related offences.

Since the start of the trial September 17, Crown lawyer Sandra Dworkin alleged the men were planning on confronting someone in the Tappen area, as evidenced by a hand-drawn map found shortly after the arrest.

Although Montemurro did not testify during the trial, Skreptak said he had no idea there were guns in the vehicle, nor did he know the items he put into his sock that night were bullets to a snub-nosed .38 revolver found later on the side of the road where they pulled over.

Justice Geoff Barrow said the denial was “beyond common sense.”

“There were items throughout the vehicle, some visible to the occupants and others not, but there is one item that sheds light on the issue and provides context,” Barrow said. “The hand-drawn map found… shows a route to a specific house, a route that involves taking Bolton Road.”

The arrests were made only metres from the turnoff to Bolton Road.

“That fact… tends to support the Crown’s thesis that the accused were involved in a joint nefarious activity that evening.”

Barrow acknowledged that much of the evidence in the case is circumstantial, but said the probability was extremely low that four men could be in a vehicle with four guns and not know anything about them.

“There is a correspondence between the number of weapons that came out of the vehicle and the number of occupants,” he said. “This fact provides some support for the inference of joint possession.”

Police also found body armour and a black balaclava in a duffel bag and a second black balaclava was on the floor beneath the driver’s seat. There were also two-way radios and duct tape in the glove box, a mask made out of a pair of boxer shorts in the centre console and a cell phone jammer under the driver’s seat as well as multiple knives, bear spray and a baseball bat.

Skreptak and Montemurro were convicted on all 11 charges, four of which carry a mandatory minimum sentence of three years each. Sentencing will take place sometime in November.

Charges against Dennis Miner and Carl Ennis were dropped.

Image Credit: Gangstersout.blogspot.ca

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.

— This story was updated at 2 p.m. September 30 to include information from the decision.

News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2014
InfoTel News Ltd

  • Popular kamloops News
  • Comments
  • UPDATE: More snow on the way for Coquihalla Highway
    After a dump of snow on the Coquihalla Highway overnight, the heavy snowfall is expected to resume tonight. Drivers heading to and from the Lower Mainland will get a break today, Jan. 20, wi
  • Rise in duty-free allowance could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs: Retail Council
    CALGARY - Canada's retail industry is warning that raising the duty-free allowance for cross-border shipments could lead to hundreds of thousands of job losses and cut billions of dollars from
  • UPDATE: Missing Vernon woman found
    UPDATE: 9:26 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 VERNON - RCMP says a missing 39-year-old Vernon woman reported missing yesterday, Jan. 19, has been located and she is safe and sound. All p
  • Autopsy: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose
    NEW YORK - Tom Petty died last year because of an accidental drug overdose that his family said occurred on the same day he found out his hip was broken after performing dozens of shows with a les
  • TRENDING NOW: Dog loses it while breaking ice
    %%NoDefaultImage%% This dog gets so excited when the ice on a shallow, frozen creek starts breaking underneath him. The shattering ice proves to be just too much for this loveable pup.
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile