VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A judge has praised the police investigation that spawned BC’s longest ever jury trial.
The case involving the Okanagan-based Greeks gang is one step closer to coming to an end.

Two of the five men found guilty last weekend of murder have now been sentenced to life in prison, while the other three will be sentenced later, once a date can be scheduled for a sentencing hearing.
BC Supreme Court Justice Bill Smart took the opportunity to praise police for its work investigating the killings. At times, Smart described the killings, which involved three drug-related murders, as callous and a challenge to police.
Leslie Podolski has been given life for one of the murders, while Dale Sipes has been sentenced in two of the killings.
Sipes’s lawyer Matthew Nathanson is already promising to appeal. “It’s not a question of criticizing the trial judge, but it’s a question of ensuring the court of appeal looks at those issues and makes sure the accused had a fair trial.”

Peter Manolakos, Sheldon O’Donnell and Douglas Brownell were also convicted for their roles in the murders.