Saturday, August 8, 2015

Hells Angels biker mega-trial: Émery Martin sentenced, released

Émery Martin
One of the men slated to stand trial along with several other members of the Hells Angels was sentenced on Friday afternoon to 15 years and 8 months in prison — and then released. Émery Martin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder earlier in the week, right before the biker mega-trial was scheduled to begin at Montreal's Gouin courthouse.

Martin, from Ste-Anne-de-Madawaska in New Brunswick, was arrested in 2009 during the SharQc sting operation. Police arrested 156 Hells Angels members and associates. Martin had been in jail ever since on pre-trial detention. He was released because his time behind bars before trial was considered double-time.
He had been facing charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with a killing 14 years ago.
Five defendants will stand trial on murder and conspiracy charges at the Gouin courthouse starting on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015: Yvon Tanguay, Claude Berger, François Vachon, Michel Vallières and Sylvain Vachon.

The remaining five defendants are reported to be from the Sherbrooke chapter of the Hells Angels.