MONTREAL (AP) – Two of Canada’s most notorious Hells Angels bosses from Ontario were each sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for their role in Quebec’s bloody biker war that claimed more than 150 lives.

Walter Stadnick, 51, and Donald Stockford, 42, both of Hamilton, Ontario, were convicted in June of five charges, including conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking and gangsterism. Stadnick was earlier acquitted of 13 first-degree murder charges and three counts of attempted murder.

Lawyers for the pair said appeals of the convictions and sentences were likely.

The men sat motionless as Quebec Superior Court Justice Jerry Zigman read his sentence for nearly 30 minutes.

“(They) are hardened criminals who show little or no hope of being able to straighten out their lives and cease participating in criminal activities,” Zigman said.

“They are violent people who are a danger to society. They have expressed no remorse for their the acts.”

Stadnick and Stockford, who were tried in English, were among the last of those arrested during a massive police sweep in 2001 in Quebec to face trial.

The men were founding members of the Nomads chapter of the Hells Angels in Montreal, which controlled the drug trade and led an eight-year bloody turf war with the rival Rock Machine.

With time already served, Stadnick has about 13 years left in his sentence, while Stockford has about 131/2 years left. They must serve at least half their remaining sentences before becoming eligible for parole.

With time served, Stadnick and Stockford will have spent at least a decade behind bars before they can be released.


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