|A member of the Rock Machine biker gang is pictured in this January 2000 file photo. (QMI Agency files)
Two bikers pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit 12 murders, including the shooting death of an innocent man in 1999.
The admissions from Rock Machine members Frederic "Fred" Faucher and Marcel "The Mayor" Demers closed a tragic chapter in the 1990s biker war that claimed more than 160 lives, including several bystanders.
Faucher and Demers admitted to ordering the murders during a brutal war with the Hells Angels for control of lucrative drug territory in Quebec.
Demers had been free on parole for earlier crimes when he walked into the Quebec City courthouse Wednesday to enter his plea.
Watching the court hearing were relatives of Luc Bergeron, a father killed by mistake fourteen years ago.
On Jan. 7, 1999, the husband and father was shot and killed at his apartment. His crime: he was the new tenant in a unit formerly rented by Hells Angels member Jonathan Robert, whom Demers and Faucher had marked for death.
In a victim impact statement read out in court, Bergeron's wife, France Legare, talked about the trauma the death has caused her and her daughter.
"It's been 14 years I lost my spouse, my friend, my love," she said. "Demers, he can spend the holidays with his family because the sentence will be handed down in January."
"I have to convince my daughter that life is beautiful and worth living."
Judge Claude Gagnon was clearly moved by the statement.
"Whenever I find myself in front of a family like yours, I see my powerlessness," the judge said. "No matter what I say or do, I can never bring anyone back."
While Demers won't be sentenced until the new year, Faucher has been in prison since 2001 and will have his latest sentence added to the penalty.
A total of 165 people were killed in the biker war between 1994 and 2002.
The death of a 10-year-old boy in a Montreal car bombing provoked public outrage that led to the gangsterism law and subsequent police raids that crippled biker gangs in Quebec.