Hells Angel Neil Cantrill and two others were sentenced on July 16, 2021 for charges related to a 2016 assault and kidnapping. (Black Press Media files)

Hells Angel Neil Cantrill and two others were sentenced on July 16, 2021 for charges related to a 2016 assault and kidnapping. (Black Press Media files)

Hells Angel guilty of kidnapping, extortion in Hope sentenced to 10 years

Charges date back to assault over grow operation in 2016

Alberta Hells Angel Neil Patrick Cantrill was sentenced to 10 years in jail for the kidnapping and assault of a former drug-dealing associate in Hope five years ago.

His son, Stephan Cantrill was sentenced to six years, and their associate Robert Lowry was sentenced to nine years. The sentencing was handed down on July 16.

The three had been convicted last July in New Westminster Supreme Court on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, extortion, forcible confinement and attempting to choke to overcome resistance.

Court documents describe a business arrangement between Neil Cantrill and victim of the assault Richard Houle involving cannabis grow operations in Hope and Dogwood Valley. The pair began working together in 2001 or 2002 in an arrangement whereby Houle would grow and deliver the product to Edmonton, from there Cantrill would take over distribution.

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The agreement ended in 2014, when Houle said he wanted to stop. Yet two years later the three men assaulted and threatened Houle at a pullout near the Fraser River bridge before driving with him to his home in Kawkawa Lake. Once at the home, police arrived and arrested the three men as Houle was taken to hospital with injuries including a fractured orbital bone and torn sinus linings.

Each of the men also have a firearms prohibition of 10 years.

– with files from Emelie Peacock, Black Press

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