Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kelowna Hells Angel associate drops appeal

Daniel McRae
May 6, 2015. KELOWNA - Daniel McRae, one of the three Hells Angels associates convicted of beating to death a Kelowna father in front of his sons in 2011, is not going to appeal his sentence.

McRae, who was 19 at the time, was given 42 months in jail for initiating a fatal attack on Dain Phillips, 51, after a disagreement with Phillips' son. McRae's older brother Matthew along with Anson Schell were also convicted and received sentences of three and a half years and three years respectively. Both have appeals scheduled for this fall.

Dain Phillips, beaten to death in 2011

Killer Norm Cocks, Hells Angels, Kelowna

Daniel and Matthew McRae were both sentenced in the beating death of Dain Philips.

Killer Robert Leonard Thomas. Hells Angels.

Anson Schell
Two full patch members of the biker gang, Norman Cox and Robert Thomas, who wielded the bat and hammer that killed Phillips, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Kelowna HA clubhouse at 837 Ellis Street was valued at $503,000 in 2012.

Killer Norm Cocks, left, and his dad, Robert Cocks

David Giles, vice president of the Hells Angels' Kelowna chapter, in 2008
The Kelowna clubhouse was raided in August 2012 in connection with an undercover investigation. So far, several men – including Kelowna vice-president Giles and full-patch member Bryan Oldham — have been charged with trafficking and conspiracy and committing offences on behalf of a criminal organization.

Both Bryan Oldham and David Giles are listed as defendants in the civil forfeiture case.

Brian Cantera holds up a photo of Brian Oldham of the Kelowna Hells Angels

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