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That sentence was reduced to two years after he was given credit for pre-sentence custody. However, not satisfied with that, he then appealed the sentence, instead seeking time served with probation. He argued the sentencing judge failed to give adequate consideration to rehabilitation and other mitigating factors, including his four-year pre-trial custody, and his mental illness.

Now, in a ruling released yesterday, B.C. Court of Appeal Justice Elizabeth Bennett dismissed the appeal.

During trial testimony, it was revealed that prior to the shooting, Holden and Roney had been rivals in the drug trade, here in northern B.C. In 2007, Holden saw Roney’s car outside Rockwell Pub in Dawson Creek, and went home to get his rifle. Once back outside the pub, Holden shot Roney in the heart, disposed of the weapon, and fled the province. He was arrested in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario more than two months later.

A spokesman for the Hells Angels has denied the two were ever associates with the motorcycle club.

To read the full article by The Province, click here.

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