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Deadly dilemma: Gangster who shot Hells Angel told kill yourself, be killed or we kill your family

Vancouver Sun logo Vancouver Sun 2018-01-06 Kim Bolan
Jason Francis Wallace, suspected in the Oct. 16 murder of Hells Angel Bob Green, is arrested by RCMP on Monday. Deadly dilemma: Gangster who shot Hells Angel told kill yourself, be killed or we kill your family

Hours after shooting Hells Angel Bob Green, Jason Wallace found himself alone with an unimaginable choice.

Devastated, drunk and high on drugs, the 856 gangster had driven to a spot near Harrison Lake where he had previously camped.

He called his friend Justin to talk. But someone else took over the phone.

The mystery man gave Wallace two options: He could kill himself. Or he could turn himself in to the Hells Angels and they would do it for him.

If he didn’t, his family would be executed.

It took Wallace until the next day — Oct. 17, 2016 — to make a different choice.

Just after 9:30 a.m., he placed a distraught 911 call during which he confessed to killing Green at a drug-fuelled 19-hour party in a makeshift gang clubhouse.

And he told police his family was in danger.

Wallace was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, saving himself from the biker threats to his life.

His close friend Shaun Clary, who brought to the party the gun that Wallace fired in Green’s direction, was not so lucky. Clary’s dismembered body was found on Robertson Crescent in Langley, 10 days after the high-profile Hells Angels’ slaying.

Shocking new details about the night Green died are revealed in court documents obtained by Postmedia News from Wallace’s surprise guilty plea and sentencing hearing in November.

Surrey provincial court Judge Ellen Gordon handed the longtime criminal 6½ years for manslaughter. The original murder charge was dropped.

The documents provide the likely motive for Clary’s grisly demise — he was part of a drunken dispute that led Wallace to grab Clary’s loaded handgun and fire it, striking an intoxicated Green in the head.

On the day of Wallace’s guilty plea, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said publicly for the first time that the Clary murder and the Green shooting were linked. But IHIT provided no details about how the deaths were connected.

Postmedia has pieced together the story of that deadly day and its disturbing aftermath.

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It was just after 3 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2016, when Green, Wallace, his brother Taylor, Clary and several others arrived at the 856 Gang’s makeshift clubhouse, in a rented Quonset hut on a rural Langley acreage at 23788 72nd Ave.  

They were ready to party. There was booze, cocaine, GHB, MDMA, ketamine and nitrous oxide (laughing gas). They were inhaling the gas from balloons that Clary was in charge of filling from gas canisters.

Green, 56, had been associated to the 856 Gang since its formation in the mid-2000s, through his cousin Lenny Pelletier and Pelletier’s son Caylen.  

The Pelletiers were also close to Wallace, who was then 27. In fact, the elder Pelletier and Wallace were co-accused in a drug trafficking case and were out on bail the night of the fatal party.

Closed-circuit cameras fixed on the exterior of the Quonset hut showed the comings and goings over the critical 20 hours on Oct. 15 and 16.

Just before 8 p.m. on Oct. 15, Wallace, his brother, Green and two others left the hut, driving off in Green’s Chevy Suburban. They returned almost four hours later and continued inhaling from their gas balloons.

Green, meanwhile, had called his friend Mandev Johal telling him that he would need a ride home that night. Johal left Vancouver and picked up a friend in Burnaby before heading out to the 856 clubhouse to drive Green home.

Those gathered inside the two-storey Quonset hut left again, about 1 a.m., after sucking in nitrous oxide for another hour.

Green’s Suburban is seen on the surveillance footage, followed by Johal’s Tahoe, arriving back at the clubhouse just after 2 a.m.

“The males were seen hugging each other and shaking hands as they all entered the Quonset hut,” said the agreed statement of facts read at Wallace’s sentencing hearing by Crown prosecutor Dianne Wiedemann.

“Inside the Quonset hut, one of the associates of the 856 Gang, Mr. Clary, tended the bar. Clary poured drinks and filled balloons with nitrous gas, which was being inhaled by the other partygoers. Cocaine was also being used.”

Two men were seen leaving the hut at 2:37 a.m. on Oct. 16. Green, Jason Wallace, Taylor Wallace, Clary, Johal and his friend remained inside, where they continued to consume alcohol, cocaine and nitrous oxide gas.

At 6 a.m., Johal called Cover Girls Escorts and asked for two women to be sent over, the statement of facts said. Cover Girls advertises its “elite companions and exotic dancers” online for $300 an hour or $1,000 for four hours.

The women arrived at about 7:18 a.m., each dropped off by her own driver.

Half an hour later, Jason Wallace can be seen on video running out of the building with an inflated balloon of nitrous oxide. At that point, he would have been partying for almost 17 hours straight.

He bends over and stumbles as if vomiting or coughing, then walks into the woods.

“Clary runs back and forth from the Quonset hut to where Wallace had gone. At 7:56 a.m., the two embraced and then both walked back into the hut,” the document stated.

Johal told authorities that “as the drinking and gas inhalation continued inside the hut … the vibe started to change.”

“Johal felt as though the younger males, including the accused Wallace, his brother Taylor and Clary, had something against him,” the statement of facts said.

Johal said the 856 gangsters were making racial comments to him. He thought they were trying to impress Green — a 20-year Hells Angel who was with the Mission City charter when he died.

“As the party progressed, one of the younger males moved one of the compressed gas cylinders upstairs and the party moved to the second floor of the Quonset hut.”

Taylor Wallace and Johal’s Burnaby friend crashed on the lower floor of the clubhouse.

Johal felt that the demeanour of the gangsters was changing as they were doing more and more nitrous gas while still drinking.

“Johal believed the younger males were loaded and later described their judgment as ‘totally f–ked OK, they’re loaded, no control. It’s one thing to drink and be hammered, but there’s no control there obviously,’” the documents said.

Johal believed the gas made them delusional.

As tensions grew, one of the younger men there said words like ‘I’m going to get you,’ and then pulled something from the couch.

“As this happened, another one of the younger males swung at Johal. Johal blocked the punch and in one motion, got up and ran towards the exit of the Quonset hut.”

As he ran, Johal heard Green say: “Hey, what are you doing?”

Johal thought he was being chased and ran off into a field as he called 911. It was just after 10 a.m.

The two escorts remained at the party. One of them named Autumn later said that Green argued with one of the younger guys, who pulled out a gun.

“Green was challenging the male saying something to the effect of, `You cannot kill me,’ and then: ‘Shoot me if you can, shoot me if you can, you’re never gonna do it, shoot me if you can,’ ” the documents said.

Jason Wallace was so out of it, he later told police, that he didn’t think the escorts were there when the shooting happened.

“It was Wallace’s perception, admittedly compromised in large part by intoxication, that the argument was between Clary and Johal, and others were present but he cannot recall who those others were,” the documents said. “He believes there was a group that he perceived to be on the Johal side of the argument and he and Clary on another. Wallace cannot recall any actual physical altercation but cannot deny one occurred. He simply was unaware of it.”

Wallace told police that he and Clary were behind the couch where Green was seated and that Johal and others were on the other end of the couch from Green.

He thought some of the others were coming at him. He said he saw Clary put his hand on a gun in his waistband.

“Wallace then grabbed the gun. He worked the slide to cock it and the gun went off striking Green. Wallace then fired in the direction of the feet of the others and Green somehow fell into or was struck by the second shot which was not intended to do more than frighten others and move them away from advancing.”

“The shots were virtually one, instantly followed by the second.”

The Crown accepted Wallace’s statement that “Green was never an intended target and the gun was intended to only back away a perceived threat.”

Wallace had a gun in his vehicle, but had not taken it into the party.

“The gun used in the shooting of Green had been brought in by Clary. Wallace believes he dropped that gun immediately upon realizing his friend Green had been shot. Wallace immediately left the scene and was not involved in any clean up of the scene.”

Green was shot at 10:09 on the morning of Oct. 16.

Immediately afterwards, Wallace is seen on the video footage walking out of the Quonset hut. He had an inflated balloon. His brother is following him, also carrying a balloon and a black and blue duffel bag. Wallace fumbles as he puts on his hoodie while talking to Clary outside.

The killer then gets into his Pontiac G8 and takes off.

“Neighbours observed Wallace accelerate down the road looking anxious,” the court documents said.

Wallace’s brother leaves in another vehicle. Johal’s friend also leaves just before Clary gets into Green’s Suburban, picking up the Burnaby man on his way out. The escorts get picked up at 10:23 a.m. by two drivers.

Almost 30 minutes after Johal called 911, police were dispatched. They picked up Johal in the 7000-block of 240th Street, then headed to the Quonset hut.

Officers arrived about 11 a.m. They found Green slouched over on the second-floor couch.

“Green was not breathing and his skin looked pale and was turning bluish. There was blood all over the couch and blood smeared on Green’s right temple. Police performed CPR on Green.”

Paramedics got there at 11:16 a.m. and took over the CPR.

But the biker had no pulse and was still not breathing.

He was pronounced dead at 11:30 a.m.

•••

Early the next morning, neighbours watched with curiosity as a woman and small children ran from a house Jason Wallace owned in Abbotsford. They left breakfast sitting on the table.

Wallace had bought the home just six months earlier for $600,000. He listed his profession as a concrete designer.

The same neighbours saw police descend on the residence later in the day after Wallace turned himself in.

During his desperate 911 call that morning, Wallace told the operator that he wanted to drive to the Surrey RCMP detachment. He said he had a gun with him in the back seat of his Pontiac and thought it was the weapon he “used to shoot his friend,” the court documents said.

Part of his call to 911 was read into the record at his sentencing hearing:

Wallace: “I’m gonna turn myself in.”

Operator: “OK.”

Wallace: “My family’s in danger.”

Operator: “OK.”

Wallace: “And I wanna make sure they’re safe.”

Operator: “You’ve turned yourself in to where? Sorry, you’re turning yourself in to where?”

Wallace: “To the Surrey RCMP.”

Operator: “And where are you right now?”

Wallace: “I’m driving down towards the jail.”

Operator: “OK. Why do you think your family is unsafe?”

Wallace: “Because my — my friend is a Hells Angels and I f–king killed him for some reason.”

Operator: “And you say — and you said your friend was killed.”

Wallace: “Yeah. Well, I think he’s dead. I don’t know. I was out of my mind on drugs and s***. I don’t even understand how it happened.”

Operator: “Where were you when this happened?”

Wallace: “We were partying and doing drugs and s*** in Langley.”

Operator: “OK. Where in Langley?”

Wallace: “232nd Street and like 72nd or something like that.”

Operator: “When did this — when was that?”

Wallace: “The other night. I don’t know. I’ve been awake for a few days. I’m — I’m f–ked right up.”

Operator: “And so you said your friend died? How did he die?”

Wallace: “I’m pretty sure I f–king shot him. I don’t even know how.”

Operator: “You think you shot him?”

Wallace: “Yeah, and I don’t even understand how or why — or even why or nothing, I don’t know.”

Operator: “You don’t know what happened?”

Wallace: “I don’t even know. I was like my mind wasn’t even there. It was like I was so f–ked up.”

Wallace broke down and cried as the operator urged him to take a deep breath. He described drinking and doing drugs for days.

While still on the phone, Wallace was surrounded by Surrey RCMP and arrested. Police found a Glock handgun and a folding knife in his car. A test on the Glock indicated it was not the gun used to kill Green.

In a news release that day, IHIT congratulated itself on the quick arrest, saying it spoke to “the tenacity of all agencies involved.”

Clary’s remains were found just after 7 a.m. on Oct. 26, dumped on the side of Robertson Crescent, near 243rd Street, in Langley. Police called the indignities done to his body “barbaric.”

It seemed to be a clear message. A high-profile Hells Angel lived up the road from where Clary was dumped. An 856 leader also owned property nearby.

Details of Clary’s last days are sparse. Several friends contacted by Postmedia did not respond to requests for interviews.

At the time of his death, Clary listed his employment at Smithrite Disposal, the Coquitlam-based recycling and garbage company.

He had a minor criminal record, including convictions for assault and breach of conditions. He was also the subject of a peace bond after allegations of uttering threats.

His Facebook page is full of pictures of him wearing bandanas over his mouth, guns and associates flashing their middle fingers. He says he went to Johnston Heights Secondary in Surrey.

At Wallace’s sentencing, his lawyer Robert Claus said Wallace feels terrible about what happened to both Green and Clary.

“The victim, here, of his act, was one of his best friends and the person whose gun he took and was using at the time, was another friend who has been killed. His own family, he’s put them in danger,” Claus said. “He suffers enormous guilt and tremendous remorse.”

Wallace sold his house in Abbotsford last July for $700,000, according to land title records. The whereabouts of his family are unknown.

None of Green’s relatives, including wife Pam, showed up at Wallace’s sentencing nor submitted victim impact statements to the court.

Property records show Pam sold the family home in North Burnaby last June for $1.6 million. Her Facebook page indicates she has moved out of the country.

Postmedia obtained a copy of Green’s will and probate records. He left almost everything to his wife — their home, his 2013 Harley, the $30,000 cash in his bank accounts.

From the estate, she had to pay off a $401,000 mortgage, some miscellaneous bills and more than $31,000 for Green’s elaborate funeral, attended by hundreds of bikers from across Canada.

But the prominent Hells Angels’ other family was also acknowledged in his will, which was signed less than five months before his slaying.

Anything that Green possessed bearing the Hells Angels name or logo “including any documents, literature, photographs, negatives, clothing, jewelry, decals, embossed or embroidered items, or any other items” had to be returned to the notorious gang, the will said.

“These items are the property of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and have been loaned to me for my use and benefit for as long as I remain a member in good standing with the said club.”

While Wallace has pledged to change his life once he’s out of jail, the gang he’s been a part of for more than a decade is still around.

“The 856 have been in a bit of chaos since the Bob Green murder and subsequent murder of Clary. That’s understandable, given the significance of the murder and who was involved,” said Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.

The ripple effects of the death of a high-ranking gangster or even a significant arrest can destabilize any crime group, Houghton said.

“The 856, however, still exists and still has a presence in the drug trafficking landscape despite the murders.”

kbolan@postmedia.com

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