An Alberta Hells Angel who kidnapped and beat a former B.C. associate who no longer wanted to grow illegal pot was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ward Branch accepted that long-time biker Neil Cantrill, 62, was the leader of a 2016 extortion plot and should receive a longer term than his two co-accused — his own son Stephan, 38, and fellow Hells Angel Robert Lowry, 49.
All three were convicted a year ago of kidnapping, extortion, aggravated assault and overcoming resistance for the vicious attack on Robert Houle, a former Hope man who grew cannabis for Neil Cantrill for more than a dozen years.
On Friday, Branch sentenced Lowry to nine years and handed Stephan a six-year jail term.
In December 2014, Houle travelled to Edmonton to tell his partner that he wanted out of the pot business and offered the growing equipment to the bike