Man who had ties to Mafia, Hells Angels denied parole

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wooley/city/apr.7/00--Gregory Wooley, member of the Rockers motorcycle gang, in file photo taken in Nov.98 at the Palais de Justice after the acquittal of Hells Angel Maurice 'Mom' Boucher. GREGORY WOOLEY IS A GANG SUCCESS. GAZETTE PHOTO BY PATRICK POST. WOOLEY: CAUGHT CRRYING GUN. Gregory Wooley, a member of the Hells Angels puppet gang the Rockers, is charged with first-degree murder in the 1996 slaying of drug dealer Pierre Beauchamps. gazette file photo / Gregory Wooley was videotaped beating a fellow convict.
Gregory Woolley has been described as a key link between the Hells Angels, Mafia and street gangs in Montreal. PATRICK POST/The Gazette

The Crown failed to convict him of another murder he was alleged to have carried out during Quebec’s biker gang war, but Woolley eventually pleaded guilty to being part of a general conspiracy to murder rival drug dealers for the Hells Angels.

In 2005, he was serving a sentence for that crime at a penitentiary in Ste-Anne-des Plaines where he forged a relationship with Vito Rizzuto, the now-deceased Montreal Mafia leader who was awaiting extradition to the U.S. to face a charge alleging he took part in the murders of three men in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Rizzuto pleaded guilty to the racketeering charge and was incarcerated for several years while the Rizzuto organization in Montreal came under attack in his absence. An investigation dubbed Project Magot-Mastiff later revealed Woolley probably helped the Rizzuto organization survive the challenges it faced by forging an alliance with the Hells Angels. A conversation secretly recorded between Woolley, Rizzuto’s son Leonardo and Stefano Sollecito in August 2015 revealed that the two alleged Montreal Mafia leaders considered Woolley to be equal to them in terms of his influence.

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