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This Angel not getting his wings
Hells boss not going home for the holidays
THE head of the Manitoba Hells Angels will not be going home for the holidays.
Dale Sweeney, the president of the local chapter, was denied bail Friday by Queen's Bench Justice Chris Martin.
A court-ordered ban prevents specific details of the case from being published.
Sweeney, 41, has been in custody since March 2012 following his arrest as part of a major undercover police project. Investigators nabbed Sweeney and 10 other gang members and associates as they dealt the Hells Angels another blow in their quest for organized-crime dominance.
Police seized an estimated two kilograms of cocaine and an undisclosed amount of cash and laid various charges, including trafficking, proceeds of crime, money laundering and participating in a criminal organization. Police also seized various properties, including Sweeney's motorcycle, as alleged proceeds of crime.
Operation Flatlined was the fourth major bust of the Manitoba Hells Angels since 2006.
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A Winnipeg man has been handed seven years in prison for a deadly stabbing that began with a dispute over $10.
Leonard Leslie Murdock, 25, was convicted of manslaughter earlier this year. He returned to court Friday for sentencing.
The Crown was seeking an eight-year penalty, while Murdock's lawyer requested five years behind bars.
A jury found Murdock not guilty of the more serious charge of second-degree murder, which carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 10 years.
Murdock didn't deny stabbing his victim to death but claimed he acted in self-defence.
He had asked jurors to acquit him entirely on the grounds his violent actions were justified.
Derek Robert Spence, 24, was fatally knifed in the 500 block of Manitoba Avenue in August 2010. Spence had gotten involved in a fight with Murdock's friend over a $10 debt and was clearly getting the better of him, court was told.
That's when he was attacked by the knife-wielding Murdock and stabbed once in the chest.
He was rushed to hospital but could not be saved.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 22, 2012 A11
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