September 13, 2013 7:10 am

Biker’s attack on family nets eight-year sentence

Kevin Sylvester was sentenced to eight years in prison for an unprovoked attack on a family of four.

Global News files

WINNIPEG — A notorious former biker-gang member was given an eight-year sentence Thursday for a violent and unprovoked attack on a Winnipeg family a year ago.

Kevin Sylvester, 50, pulled a gun on two children and their parents, chased their van and rammed it, court was told.

Sylvester was driving around Winnipeg last fall, looking for people he said attacked his girlfriend, when he pulled up beside the family’s van, which was parked outside a King Edward Street store.

He asked the mother who she was and she replied by asking who he was, at which point he pulled out a gun and pointed it at her, court heard.

The couple took off in their van, their two kids – both under two years old – in the backseat as Sylvester pursued them.

He rammed their vehicle and continued to point his gun at them as he chased the vehicle for four blocks before they lost him.

Sylvester had already been convicted of dangerous driving and firearms offences in relation to the attack.

Sylvester is a former member of the now-defunct Spartans biker gang. He was badly injured in a 1992 shootout and jailed for shooting at a rival biker in Winnipeg in 2001.

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