Gang­ster Ba­con or­dered to live in half­way house af­ter re­lease

Red Scor­pi­ons mem­ber has ‘very solid con­nec­tions’ to Hells An­gels, pa­role board mem­ber says

The Province - - NEWS - KIM BOLAN kbolan@postmedia.com

No­to­ri­ous gang­ster Jar­rod Ba­con must re­side in a com­mu­nity cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity when he leaves prison on statu­tory re­lease for a third time, the Pa­role Board of Canada has ruled.

Ba­con, a mem­ber of the Red Scor­pion gang with close ties to the Hells An­gels, has breached pre­vi­ous con­di­tions af­ter be­ing re­leased, On­tario board mem­ber Suzanne Poirier noted in a July 31 de­ci­sion.

Poirier said that making Ba­con live in a des­ig­nated half­way house or com­mu­nity cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity “will give you the op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate your mo­ti­va­tion to adopt a life­style away from pre­vi­ous af­fil­i­a­tions.”

She im­posed the special res­i­dency re­quire­ment on the now-37-year-old Ba­con for six months.

Ba­con, who was con­victed in 2012 of con­spir­acy to traf­fic 100 kilo­grams of co­caine, got statu­tory re­lease in 2018 af­ter serv­ing two-thirds of his net nine-year, two-month sen­tence. But he was ar­rested in De­cem­ber 2018 af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for co­caine use in breach of a re­lease con­di­tion not to con­sume il­licit sub­stances.

Then in July 2019, the pa­role board ruled that Ba­con’s statu­tory re­lease would be re­voked be­cause of the chal­lenges of man­ag­ing him in the com­mu­nity. It was the sec­ond time he had his stat re­lease re­voked due to his behaviour in the com­mu­nity. The first re­vo­ca­tion came af­ter a vi­o­lent al­ter­ca­tion out­side a bar in July 2017.

Poirier said Ba­con was both “a mem­ber of the Red Scor­pi­ons and the Ba­con Broth­ers’ or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

“Ac­cord­ing to doc­u­men­ta­tion, your or­ga­ni­za­tion is very in­flu­en­tial in West­ern Canada and has links with the Hells An­gels. You have been iden­ti­fied by the se­cu­rity in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer as part of a se­cu­rity threat group. Re­ports are that you re­main an in­flu­en­tial in­di­vid­ual with very solid con­nec­tions with the Hells An­gels. Those con­cerns are still valid as of May 2020,” Poirier said.

She said Ba­con’s plan for life af­ter prison was “vague.”

“For your up­com­ing statu­tory re­lease, you pre­sented a very vague and in­com­plete re­lease plan, in­di­cat­ing that a fur­nished apart­ment at an un­known ad­dress would be avail­able for you,” she said.

He claimed to have a job lined up pay­ing $5,000 a month to start, but his Com­mu­nity Man­age­ment Team said there were so few de­tails pro­vided “no ver­i­fi­ca­tion could be made re­gard­ing the al­leged job.”

“You re­port hav­ing $40,000 in sav­ings and no debt,” Poirier noted.

Ba­con is a mod­er­ate risk to re­of­fend, the rul­ing said.

SAM LE­UNG, POSTMEDIA FILES

Gang­ster Jar­rod Ba­con is set to leave prison for the third time on a statu­tory re­lease.

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