27 Hell's Angels members plead guilty to murder conspiracy in Canada


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Twenty-seven members of the Hell's Angels in Canada pleaded guilty on Friday to reduced charges of conspiracy to commit murder.

More than 150 members of the notorious biker gang were arrested in April 2009 after a major sweep of five branches in Quebec led to charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and drug trafficking.

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While dozens have since been released, two others also pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of conspiracy to commit murder on Wednesday. They each face 15 years in jail.

The 27 who pleaded guilty on Friday did so in exchange for sentences of up to 25 years in prison. Nine had been set to begin trial on Tuesday.

Jean-Pascal Boucher, a spokesman for the director of criminal and penal prosecutions, said all other charges against the Hell's Angels members — including murder — have been dropped.