A Hells Angel who was injured during a brazen daytime shooting in Kelowna in 2011 has been found guilty for his involvement in two revenge killings that occurred the following year.
According to reporting by the Vancouver Sun earlier this week, a jury convicted Larry Amero on two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in the targeted killings of Sandip Duhre and Sukh Dhak in 2012, in Vancouver and Burnaby. Amero's co-accused, Rahib (Robby) Alkhalil, was convicted of conspiracy and the first-degree murder of Duhre, along with conspiracy to commit the murder of Dhak.
The killings of Duhre and Dhak followed the attempt on Amero's life outside Kelowna's Delta Grand Hotel on Aug. 14, 2011. Amero was seriously injured in the shooting, while Jonathan Bacon, one of the leaders of the Red Scorpions gang, was killed.
Amero, Bacon and James Riach – who escaped injury in the Kelowna shooting – were part of the “Wolfpack,” an alliance of members of several Lower Mainland gangs, including the Hells Angels, Red Scorpions and Independent Soldiers.
During the high-profile 2017 trial in Kelowna's BC Supreme Court, the court heard how the Dhak-Duhre Group, rivals of the Wolfpack, had been hunting Amero, Bacon and Riach for several months.
Bacon, Amero and Riach were in Kelowna vacationing on the sunny August weekend. They were just getting ready to leave town on the Sunday when the shooting occurred.
After a lengthy trial with many delays, Jason McBride, Michael Jones and Jujhar Khun-Khun struck a plea deal with the Crown and were convicted for their part in the killing. McBride pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy, and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 18 years, while Jones and Khun-Khun and Jones pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, and were sentenced to 18 years imprisonment.
Fifteen months after Bacon was killed in Kelowna, Dhak and Duhre had been shot dead in more brazen violence in public spaces.
Amero and Bacon are believed to have been close. The Vancouver Sun reports that a message sent after the Kelowna shooting from a user believed to be Amero included a photo of Amero and Bacon with the comment: “He was my best friend.”
While Amero remains in jail awaiting his sentencing date, the whereabouts of his co-accused is unknown. Last month, Alkhalil was busted out of the North Fraser Pretrial Centre by two men who had posed as employed contractors. It's still unclear just how the men were able to get Alkhalil out of the jail in a white van, but the whereabouts of all three men remain unknown.
As a result, Alkhalil was convicted of the first-degree murder of Duhre and conspiracy to murder Dhak in his absence.
Prior to his transfer to the B.C. jail, and subsequent escape, Alkhalil had already been convicted of a 2012 murder in Toronto. He was serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years in a federal facility before he was transferred to North Fraser Pretrial to stand trial again.