Since he’s in his late 70s, he says he probably won’t follow the gang’s rules requiring that members take part in long motorcycle rides.

Being turned down for parole back in September came with a benefit for Michel (Sky) Langlois, one of the founding members of the Hells Angels in Montreal.

While he was wasn’t allowed to leave the federal penitentiary where he is incarcerated, he ended up being injected with the COVID-19 vaccine.

Langlois, 74, had a second hearing before the Parole Board of Canada on Tuesday after the board’s appeal section agreed last week that an error in law was made during his first hearing five months ago. Despite this, the board reached the same conclusion and rejected Langlois’s request to be released either on day parole or full parole.

“The board is of the opinion that you do not have sufficient knowledge of your risk factors and that you do not have the tools to control risk situations,” a written summary of its decision reads. “(The board) is also of the opinion that you have not achieved the measurable and observable changes required by law to grant you day or full parole at this stage in your sentence.”

Langlois was reluctant to be released to a halfway house on day parole because, he told the board, he has fears of contracting the virus due to his age.

At issue is whether a Hells Angels decision to remain a member of the gang is enough evidence to suggest he will likely be violent in the future. Photo by Dave Sidaway /Montreal Gazette

The summary of the decision reveals Langlois, a member of the Hells Angels since 1977, received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine early in January. It was part of a pilot project launched by Correctional Service Canada with a plan to deliver 1,200 doses to 600 inmates across Canada who are either elderly or have pre-existing conditions. The project was widely criticized by politicians and the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers who questioned the federal government’s priorities. The union questioned why convicted criminals were vaccinated before employees like prison guards.

Langlois does not have a pre-existing condition, like diabetes, but apparently qualified for a vaccine because of his age. While he claimed he fears contracting the virus, the parole board was informed he often violated rules at the federal penitentiary where he is held by not wearing a mask while he took walks outdoors with another inmate who did use a mask.

In 1977, Langlois was among the first members of the Hells Angels, a gang that originated in the U.S., to form a chapter in all of Canada. It was originally based in Montreal but the biker gang eventually moved its headquarters to Sorel.

In 1997, Langlois transferred to the gang’s chapter on the South Shore and he remains a Hells Angel to this day.

Decades ago, he played a role in the Lennoxville Purge, a crime that brought the Hells Angels notoriety across Quebec. In March 1985, the Hells Angels executed five of its own members at the Sherbrooke chapter’s bunker in the Eastern Townships. The bodies of the five victims were wrapped in sleeping bags and were dropped in the St. Lawrence River.

Langlois helped clean up the mess that was left after the carnage and helped get rid of the victims’ personal effects. In 1988, he pleaded guilty to being complicit after the fact to the murders and was sentenced to what was already his second federal prison term.

His is currently serving his fourth federal sentence.

On Oct. 3, 2018, he was sentenced to a prison term of a little more than four years after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in drugs and to ordering someone to commit a crime for the profit of a criminal organization.

He was arrested in April 2018 in Project Objection, a probe led by the Escouade nationale de répression contre le crime organisé (ENRCO). The investigation revealed that a few Hells Angels based in Quebec, including Langlois, controlled drug networks in specific locations across the province.

An undercover agent met with Langlois and another Hells Angel on Aug. 9, 2017, at a restaurant on Drummond St. in downtown Montreal to discuss the distribution of drugs in the Outaouais region.

The agent learned that Langlois claimed to have title over drug trafficking in Petite Nation, a region in the Outaouais, and was a partner in the distribution of nearly 300,000 meth pills and several kilos of hashish.

Langlois will reach his statutory release date, the two-third mark of his sentence, in July.

Location: Canada


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