Justice sentences gang members for roles
The final pair of five members of a North Okanagan criminal organization referred to by police as Tbe Greeks convicted in a string of North Okanagan killings have been sentenced to jail.
Pete Manolakos and Douglas Brownell found out their fate Thursday morning in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver.
Justice Bill Smart sentenced Manolakos – whom Smart called the leader of the gang – to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. That was for a first-degree murder conviction in relation to the death of Ronald Thom in 2005.
Manolakos also received a sentence of 15 years, to be served concurrent, for a manslaughter conviction in connection with the death of David Marniuk in 2004. Manolakos was credited with 13 years of pre-trial time already served.
Smart sentenced to Brownell to 17 years in jail for manslaughter convictions in relation to the deaths of Thom and Thomas Bryce in 2004.
Brownell was given 12 years pre-trial credit.
Three other gang members – Dale Sipes, Leslie Podolski and Sheldon O’Donnell – were sentenced earlier to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years for their roles in the murders of of Thom, Bryce and Marniuk.