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Hells Angels assassin will stay behind bars

MONTREAL — A Hells Angels assassin who murdered a prison guard in broad daylight in 1997 will stay behind bars, Quebec's highest court has ruled.

The Quebec Court of Appeal rejected a bid by Hells Angels hitman Paul "Fonfon" Fontaine to have his 2009 conviction overturned.

Fontaine was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Pierre Rondeau, a prison guard who was ambushed as he was driving his bus in east-end Montreal on Sept. 8, 1997. Rondeau's colleague, Robert Corriveau, narrowly escaped.

Fontaine then went into hiding, including a stint in Mexico, during which time he lived under a name he had stolen from a child who died in 1956.

Meanwhile, in 2002, Hells kingpin Maurice "Mom" Boucher was convicted for ordering the deaths of Rondeau and another prison guard, Diane Lavigne, who was shot in her car while driving home north of Montreal.

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Bike-show boss acquitted of police assault

Gray represented himself at trial and successfully challenged several facets of the Crown's case.

Judge Wanda Garreck found police breached Gray's rights against unlawful search and seizure and arbitrary detention.

As well, she ruled, Const. Jeff Norman breached his duty to properly investigate who should have been served with a search warrant police obtained to seize a Harley-Davidson Destroyer from a display at the Rolling Thunder motorcycle show at the convention centre on March 16, 2012.

Police and the Crown believe the motorbike belongs to full-patch Hells Angels member Dale Sweeney, who had been collared that day in a major drug crackdown against the gang.

Norman and his partner turned up, notified a convention centre security guard why they were there and moved in to seize the bike.

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Ex-Hells Angels hit man seeks early parole under ‘faint hope’ clause

A former Hells Angels hit man turned police informant is trying to get out of prison early using the so-called “faint hope” clause in the Criminal Code that allows convicted murderers to apply for parole after serving 15 years of their 25 year sentence.

Stéphane “Godasse” Gagné, 43, is one of the most high-profile informants to testify against the Hells Angels in Quebec.

He became an informer in 1997 after police told him they had evidence that he was involved in the killing of two Quebec prison guards that year.

His testimony was crucial in bringing down former Hells leader Maurice “Mom” Boucher, who was convicted in 2002 of ordering the deaths of two prison guards in an attempt to destabilize Quebec’s justice system.

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Easy Rider goes electric at Montreal Motorcycle Show

Made-in-Quebec electric motorcycle goes from 0 to 100 km/h in less than five seconds

Heavy metal thunder could be a thing of the past if a revolutionary electric motorcycle catches on, as its Quebec designers hope it will.

Revealed this weekend at the Montreal Motorcycle Show at the Palais Des ?Congrès, the Longueuil-built SORA can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of nearly 200 km/h - all with hardly a sound.

That silence is leaving some old-school motorcycle enthusiasts unconvinced.

"There's no sounds... I like the sounds. A lot of guys… like the sounds the feeling and hearing the motor," said ?Stéphane Bessette.

The silent SORA, however, is making a lot of noise among attendees, says show manager Bianca Kennedy.

"It has certainly added a lot of attention to the show, lots of interest, a lot of buzz," she said. "Innovation always creates interest."

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