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Kamloops 'rat' carver back in custody

A man previously involved in a violent gangland assault in Kamloops is back in custody, facing multiple criminal charges.

This time, Ricky Dennis is implicated in a series of incidents in Vernon, including a robbery just last week, according to court records.

He's waiting for a judge to decide whether he'll be released on bail, accused of robbing a man in Vernon on Jan. 6. Dennis, born in 1986, is also accused of carrying a firearm and ammunition while prohibited.

He was one of three men that broke into a Kamloops home in 2018, retaliating against another man for cooperating with police.

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The man was beaten in his own home, then given three options: have the word "rat" carved into his chest, have it burned or have the fingers on one hand cut off. He chose the carving.

Two of the assailants were convicted. Dennis was sentenced to six years in prison, with 33 months left after credit for time-served.

His sentence would have ended late last year, but he landed in trouble with the law again before 2024.

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He had been out on bail for roughly a week at the time of the robbery. On Dec. 26 and 29, Dennis allegedly vandalized the same Coldstream house and was unlawfully inside the home on Boxing Day, according to court records.

He's scheduled to appear in court again later this month for another bail hearing.

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