Hells Angel faces 26 months jail for assault

Joseph Bruce Skreptak assaulted the father of a boy he believed had stolen and pawned his jewellery.

  • Jun. 18, 2013 4:00 p.m.

The wife of Hells Angel member Joseph Bruce Skreptak wiped away tears after he was sentenced to 26 months in jail for an “unprovoked” assault on another man.

The sentencing Tuesday came some six months after Skreptak pleaded guilty to the aggravated assault of the father of a boy he believed had stolen and pawned $10,000 worth of his jewellery.

On Nov. 1, 2010, Skreptak went to the homes of two boys—who were friends of his stepson—to confront them about the missing items.

Skreptak claimed in a letter to the court that he approached the boys—rather than go to police—to “give them a chance to come clean” and to get the parents’ help in preventing the teens from returning to his house, said

Justice Allan Betton.

However, Betton noted Skreptak took several men with him on the trips as a “show of force.”

“These are not, in my view, the markings of the intention described by Mr. Skreptak,” said Betton. “The accused’s response….was to act more in the form of a vigilante.”

Skreptak, the court heard, confronted the second boy in the presence of his father and at one point struck the father multiple times in the face, resulting in many facial fractures that required reconstructive


It is not clear if Skreptak committed the assault to intimidate the boys, who knew he was a Hells Angel, or if Skreptak hit the father because he was “lipping” him off, the court concluded.

“Either scenario, it was a serious and unprovoked assault with serious consequences,” said Betton.

Skreptak’s known membership in the Hells Angels became an issue at sentencing, with the Crown arguing it was a “tool of intimidation” and the defence saying it had little relevance.

However, Betton ruled Skreptak’s nine-year membership with the organization was relevant, as the fact that he was a member of the Hells Angels formed part of the “matrix” of the facts of the case and led to the boys

being placed in witness protection.

His membership was also a negative factor in considering his character, the justice added. However, Betton also noted Skreptak has no previous criminal record, a solid work history, a positive upbringing

and is himself a family man.

During earlier sentencing submissions, Crown sought a three year jail term, while defence asked for 18-24 months, with credit for time spent on bail and enhanced credit for time spent in custody prior to


Betton rejected the requests for extra credit, and only acknowledged the 112 days Skreptak spent in custody prior to Tuesday’s sentencing.

Those days will be deducted from the 26 month sentence Betton handed down.

As well, Skreptak was given a 10 year firearms prohibition and must provide a sample of his DNA.

By Cheryl Wierda, Capital News contributor

Just Posted

Kelowna golf course ready and open for spring business

Two Eagles Golf Course opened Saturday, more to come

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA hopes annual climb will promote peace

MLA Norm Letnick’s 5th Annual Spring Climb for Health & World Peace is April 6

Possible assault to bus driver in Kelowna

A minor bus crash was reported just after 8 p.m. Friday night

Car crash nearly sends car over embankment in West Kelowna

RCMP search for driver of alleged stolen vehicle that caused crash

Update: Highway 3 reopened following rockslide near Keremeos

The slide occurred Friday March 22, at about 8 p.m. between Red Bridge and Standing Rock

Sparks fly as SUV speeds down wrong side of Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Calgary captain has 3 points as Flames torch Canucks 3-1

Giordano leads way as Alberta side cracks 100-point plateau

Okanagan woman launches sewing studio

“I know there’s a lot of people up and down the valley that would love to sew.”

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

Letter: Stop raising the minimum wage

To the editor: The government is looking for ways to put more… Continue reading

Letter: Immigration will not help other countries, or our own

To the editor: Firearms are not the culprit in all those massive… Continue reading

Letter: Sprawl destroying natural landscape

To the editor: I agree with the assessment by Ian Pooley in… Continue reading

Former Okanagan teen found safe after disappearing from YVR airport

Ethan Burnett, 14, was found safe in Kelowna on March 22

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Most Read