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Verdicts conclude lengthy trial

The body of Ronald Thom was found May 31, 2005 on Commonage Road. Five individuals have been found guilty in connection with his death, as well as the deaths of two other men. - Morning Star File Photo
The body of Ronald Thom was found May 31, 2005 on Commonage Road. Five individuals have been found guilty in connection with his death, as well as the deaths of two other men.
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One of, if not, the longest court cases in B.C. history has ended with guilty verdicts for five North Okanagan men.

Douglas Brownell, Pete Manolakos, Sheldon O’Donnell, Leslie Podolski and Dale Sipes – all five members of a gang police named the Greeks – were found guilty in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver Sunday for their roles in killing three men in the North Okanagan in 2004 and 2005.

Sipes was found guilty of two counts of first degree murder; O’Donnell guilty on one count of first degree murder and two counts of second degree murder; Manolakos guilty of one count of first degree murder and one count of manslaughter;  Podolski guilty of one count of first degree murder; and Brownell guilty on two counts of manslaughter.

All were found guilty in connection with the deaths of David Marniuk, Ronald Thom and Thomas Bryce.

“I’m very happy with the verdicts,” said RCMP Sgt.Al Haslett, one of the lead investigators into the killings.

“The Crown counsel team that worked on this did a fantastic job. I’m very impressed with how hard they worked.”

Judge Bill Smart thanked the jury for their service after the trial which began in May 2011.

The case involved 25 lawyers and more than 100 Crown witnesses before the jury.

Sentencing for the five North Okanagan men is slated for Thursday.

 

 

 

 

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