Two Hells Angels were sentenced to 12 years behind bars Wednesday for the beating death of Dain Phillips in 2011, according to Kelowna RCMP.
Robert Leonard Thomas, 48, and Norman Robert Cocks, 33, pleaded guilty to manslaughter last week. They are the first full patch members of the Hells Angels to be convicted of manslaughter, according to Mounties.
Thomas and Cocks were two of six men involved in the brutal beating of the 51-year-old man on June 12, 2011 on McCurdy Road in Kelowna.
He suffered wounds from several weapons, including baseball bats and hammers, according to reports, while trying to peacefully settle an argument between his two adult sons and their acquaintances.
Chief Superintendent Dan Malo said the conviction is a testament to the hard work of investigators.
“Previous investigations and convictions have made it clear that members of the Hells Angels are involved in drugs, weapons, and violence-related offences. Through a coordinated and unified effort, CFSEU-BC and its partner agencies will continue to disrupt organized crime groups like the Hells Angels and eliminate their continued threat to public safety.”
Four other men, Norman’s father Robert Cocks, Daniel McRae, Matthew McRae, and Anson Schell, are currently standing trial in Vancouver in connection with the death.