Riach facing life in prison

An infamous B.C. gangster involved in a targeted Kelowna shooting that killed Jonathan Bacon in August 2011 is doing time in a Philippines prison.

Court documents from the Philippines and local media indicate James Riach has been sentenced to life in prison for drug smuggling.

Riach, 36, was arrested back in January 2014 and accused of setting up a network to distribute drugs.

Court documents indicate Riach was connected to a Mexican drug cartel.

Police seized $2.5 million in cocaine, methamphetamine, and ecstasy from Riach’s condo.

Riach appealed the conviction but lost his appeal and has now been sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility of extradition.

Canada does not have an Offender Transfer Treaty with the Philippines.

Riach belongs to the Independent Soldiers gang in B.C. and was in the vehicle with Bacon when it was shot up outside of Kelowna's Delta Grand Hotel by masked gunmen. Riach was the only one inside the SUV that escaped unscathed.

Three men are currently facing trial in Kelowna Supreme Court for the shooting. 

– with files from CTV News

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