BC court dismisses appeal against murder conviction by UN mobster

BC appeals court has dismissed attempts by convicted United Nations gang assassin to overturn his murder and conspiracy murder convictions

BC’s appeals court has dismissed the case of a lower Mainland gang member convicted of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Cory Vallee was convicted in the BC Supreme Court in 2018 for murder in the death of Kevin Leclair and for conspiracy to murder the infamous Bacon brothers Jonathan, Jarrod and James.

Leclair was shot in the mid-afternoon on February 6, 2009 while sitting in his truck in a parking lot at a shopping center in Langley.

“The Crown’s theory was that Vallee was a UN gang hit man guilty of both the conspiracy to commit murder and the murder of Leclair,” the appeal said.

During the lengthy BC 2016-2018 Supreme Court trial, the defense acknowledged the existence of a United Nations (UN) gang conspiracy led by Clayton Roueche to murder the Bacons and their associates between January 2008 and February 2009.

One of the points that Vallee appealed was the findings that he was part of that conspiracy and that he killed Leclair.

BC Supreme Court judge Janice Dillon found that Vallee was the shooter of an AR-15 automatic rifle in the case.

Furthermore, Dillon said that Roueche introduced Vallee to senior UN members as “Frankie” and was given the role as a hitman in the search for members of the Bacon group.

The appeals court said Dillon had “no reasonable doubt that Vallee was a member of the conspiracy”.

Much of the conviction was based on the evidence of other mobsters, whom Vallee’s appeal lawyers said should be treated as suspicious and not credible.

“The judge has made extensive and detailed credibility findings based on the mountain of evidence she has heard,” the appeal panel of three judges said. “We found no flaw that could distort its findings. We consider this ground of appeal to be unfounded.”

The appeal also related to the filing for a mistrial due to late admission of video evidence showing Vallee at a restaurant near the murder scene with other gang members hours before the murder.

The defense had requested a mistrial over the admission of the belated evidence. Dillon declined.

The appeals court ruled that Dillon had not committed an error of law by rejecting the annulment request.

Turf War and Death Bonuses

According to the appeal ruling, the conspiracy to murder and shoot Leclair were part of a long-standing violent territorial war, including multiple murders and nonfatal shootings.

The United Nations gang on the one hand and the Bacon Brothers and Red Scorpions gangs on the other hand dealt with the illegal supply of drugs.

Leclair was a former member of the UN gang who had switched to the Bacon Brothers, the court said.

The UN gang came to the attention of the police in the 1990s, and Dillon described it as running drug lines and supplying drug lines run by independent drug dealers with connections throughout BC, Calgary, the United States and Mexico.

The court said the Bacon Brothers and Red Scorpion gangs were criminal organizations that also operated in British Columbia at the time.

“They started working together around 2007, and through that cooperation they expanded their scope and control over illegal drug activities in the lower mainland,” the court said.

Further, according to Dillon’s statement, the United Nations was gathering intelligence on the Bacon Brothers/Red Scorpions and had prepared a hit list.

She said there were bounties on the heads of the Bacon Brothers of Red Scorpions. The largest were for the Bacon brothers, starting at an initial cost of $100,000 but growing to a whopping $300,000.

The Bacon Brothers

Jonathan Bacon was gunned down in Kelowna in August 2010.

Jarrod Bacon was released from prison in early 2021 after being sentenced to 14 years in prison in May 2012 for conspiracy to trade cocaine while living in Abbotsford.

James Bacon was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2020 for his conspiracy role in the so-called Surrey Six murders in 2007. Six people were shot there; among them two bystanders with no connections to the drug world.

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