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REAL SCOOP: Judge suggests she feels sorry for Hells Angel killer

Vancouver Sun logo Vancouver Sun 2017-12-07 Kim Bolan
101816-Jason_Francis_Wallace-X000-1019_murder_follow-W.jpg: Jason Francis Wallace, 28, is arrested on October 17, 2016  © photo by: Shane MacKichan Jason Francis Wallace, 28, is arrested on October 17, 2016 

A Surrey provincial court judge says she can’t imagine how badly Jason Wallace feels after fatally shooting Hells Angel Bob Green in October 2016.

During a sentencing hearing last month, Judge Ellen Gordon accepted that Wallace, of the 856 Gang, was a “good friend” of Green’s at the time of the fatal shooting at a Langley property used by the 856 as a makeshift clubhouse.

Both men had been partying through the night when Wallace shot Green, a senior member of the Mission City Hells Angels chapter.

Wallace pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Nov. 3 and was sentenced to six years, seven months in jail after receiving pretrial credit. He was originally charged with second-degree murder.

Gordon’s brief reasons for the sentencing were released on Wednesday.

“You are before me for sentencing on a charge of manslaughter where the deceased was a good friend of yours,” Gordon said. “I cannot imagine, having read all of the circumstances and the amount of intoxicants that you consumed, the guilt that you must feel.”

She accepted that Wallace never “intended to kill your friend, you had no animosity towards your friend and yet, because of your voluntary intoxication combined with a readily available firearm, this horrific circumstance occurred.”

“Your case is also more unique in that you turned yourself in and you have admitted your responsibility throughout.  You have a well-founded fear for the well-being of your loved ones,” she said. ” I cannot imagine how difficult the last 333 days have been and how difficult the rest of your time in custody will be.”

She also commented that “Canada is not fond of the use of firearms.”

Gordon said that in her pervious career as a defence lawyer, she visited many penitentiaries.  “They are horrific places,” she said, wishing Wallace luck with changing his criminal ways. “For you, I want there to be light at the end of the tunnel, and the light at the end of the tunnel will be working with your case management team to ensure that you are back with your family as soon as possible.”

She ended her reasons by wishing Wallace luck. 

Earlier this year, Wallace pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, charges he faced along with Green’s cousin Lenny Pelletier.

Wallace has a long and violent history in B.C. 

He pleaded guilty nine years ago to aggravated assault for stabbing a student after a high school graduation party in Langley. He got a 21-month conditional sentence.

“The attack was completely unprovoked and the victim did not know his assailant,” RCMP Cpl. Diane Blaine said at the time.

Wallace had originally been charged with attempted murder for the stabbing.

He was also charged, along with Pelletier’s son Caylen and a third man, in 2010 with trying to run over a pedestrian with a truck in a parking lot near a community police office. In that case, Wallace and Pelletier were eventually acquitted on all charges, including attempted kidnapping. Their co-accused Craig Ivan Dennis was convicted only of theft.

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