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Local biker pleads guilty, faces minimum 3-year sentence

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A long-time local biker with a history of violence pleaded guilty this morning to several charges stemming from a frightening incident in the fall.

Kevin Sylvester was arrested Oct. 1 after he confronted a young family of four at gunpoint in broad daylight outside of a King Edward convenience store and then chased them as the family fled in their vehicle.

Sylvester followed the family, which included a one-year-old infant, in his own vehicle for several blocks, ramming it and bumping it from behind.

Sylvester was arrested later that day and has been in custody ever since.

This morning in provincial court, Sylvester pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, possessing a prohibited firearm with ammunition, and possessing a firearm while prohibited.

Winnipeg police at the time said there was no apparent motive for the attack and that Sylvester and the family didn’t know each other.

Sylvester, who is in custody at the Brandon Correctional Centre, appeared via video in the Winnipeg court room.

Sentencing will be set at a later date.

However, Judge Judith Elliott told Sylvester he is facing a minimum three-year sentence for the charge of possessing a prohibited firearm with ammunition.

Sylvester is the younger brother of Darwin Sylvester, the former president of the now-disbanded Spartans motorcycle gang. Darwin disappeared in 1998 and is presumed dead.

Kevin Sylvester narrowly escaped death himself while a member of the Spartans in 1992. He was critically wounded when he got into a gunfight with a member of the rival Los Brovos gang.

During the summer of 2001, Sylvester tried to avenge his brother’s disappearance by attacking individuals he believed responsible, including firing at a member of the Hells Angels as he sat in his tow truck with his young son beside him.

Sylvester negotiated a two-year prison deal for the shooting in exchange for testifying against several members of the Hells Angels.

He was back in the news in 2007, when he overdosed on anti-depressants and made several phone calls to a Crown prosecutor, his defence attorney and the Free Press. Sylvester attacked the officers who went to arrest him and was later given a sentence of three-months that he had served in custody and released on probation.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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