Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Crown seeks 4 years for Hells Angels Rod Sweeney - Update

Rod Sweeney has been sentenced to four years in prison for an unprovoked attack on a 14-year-old Winnipeg boy and his uncle. He was found guilty of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon for attacking the two with a metal bar.

Sweeney has already spent 46 days in custody, and was given 1 1/2 days credit for each day served prior to sentencing, which equals to 69 days.
The sentencing hearing for a Hells Angels member convicted in a 2013 attack on a 14-year-old boy and leukemia survivor heard arguments from the defence and prosecution.

Rod Sweeney was found guilty in 2016 of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon for attacking the teen, and his uncle, with a metal bar. The attack left the boy’s arm broken in two places. The Crown prosecutor asked the judge to sentence Sweeney to four years in prison while Sweeney’s defence has asked for an 18-month provincial sentence, followed by up to three years of probation. Sweeney, 48, was a full-patch member of the Hells Angels biker gang at the time of the attack.

Dale Sweeney, Rod Sweeney, Jeff Peck, Danny Lawson, Ernie Dew, Bernie Dubois, Mark Bohoychuk, Jack Shore, Darren Hunter, Shane Kirton, Danny Rogoski and Ricardo Oliveira.
In arguing for a four year sentence, the Crown pointed out that Sweeney has nine prior convictions for offences including assault, uttering threats and weapons-related convictions. In addition, the Crown argued Sweeney has shown a “complete lack of remorse” over the incident, which was unprovoked and had a “significant emotional and physical impact” on the victims.

The charges stem from an incident on August 5th, 2013. A 14-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man were riding bicycles when the pair was approached by a suspect in a vehicle who attacked them with a weapon. The youth said the suspect hit him with a weapon and that he suffered two cracks in the bone of his arm.

Dale Sweeney
In March 2012 Winnipeg police initiative 'Project Flatline' led to the arrest of 11 suspects, including local Hells Angels president Dale Sweeney who received an 11-year prison sentence for cocaine trafficking. In 2014 Manitoba designated the Hells Angels a criminal organization.

The designation means prosecutors no longer have to prove the Hells Angels is a criminal organization in each case where gang-related charges are laid under provincial law.

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