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A Former Hells Angel convicted of killing a Kelowna man a decade ago has to live in a halfway house

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A former Hells Angel convicted of killing a Kelowna man a decade ago has to live in a halfway house and abide by other special conditions after being released from prison.

The Parole Board of Canada imposed the conditions on Rob Thomas, 56, before his recent statutory release. Inmates normally get released after completing two-thirds of their sentence.

In addition to limiting where Thomas can live, board member Harvey Silbernagel said the former biker must not consume drugs or alcohol, or associate with anyone involved in “criminal activity, substance abuse or gang activity.”

Thomas, then a full-patch member of the Hells Angels’ Kelowna chapter, pleaded guilty in 2014 to manslaughter for his part in the fatal beating of a local father, Dain Phillips, in June 2011.

Phillips had gone to a roadside meeting to try and resolve a dispute his sons had with associates of Norman Cocks, another Kelowna Hells Angel convicted in the slaying.

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