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Hell's Angels jailed in Canada
Canadian Hell's Angels
Quebec's biker gangs fought a turf war over drugs

A court in the Canadian city of Montreal has sentenced nine Hell's Angels to up to 20 years in prison for their role in a war with a rival biker gang.

The trial heard graphic evidence about the turf war between local Hell's Angels and the Rock Machine gang, which killed nearly 100 people in the 1990s.

The violence sparked public outrage when an 11-year old boy was killed by shrapnel from a car bomb in 1995.

On Tuesday, four Hell's Angels received 20-year prison sentences for their part in the battle for control of the illegal drugs market in Quebec province.

Five others were sentenced to 15-year terms.

All nine had pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking and gangsterism.

Three more Hell's Angels are still awaiting trial for murder in Montreal.

Their reputed leader, Maurice Boucher, nicknamed Mom, was jailed for life last year for ordering the killing of two prison guards.

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