First posted: Sunday, November 06, 2011 06:22 PM EST | Updated: Sunday, November 06, 2011 06:54 PM EST
One of Toronto’s most violent gang leaders won’t be receiving visits from his ex-con spouse and two daughters as he serves an 18-year sentence for his role in the shootings of two Scarborough men.
Tyshan Riley, 28, once the head of the Scarborough’s Galloway Boys, is serving a life sentence for shooting two innocent Malvern men in March 2004.
One of those victims, Brenton Charlton, 31, died. Leonard Bell, 55, survived the Scarborough drive-by shooting.
In addition, he was sentenced to 18 years for the attempted murders in April 2004 of Koffi Patrong, 19, and Chris Hyatt, 19.
Riley was part of a Galloway Boys squad assigned the task of shooting members of a rival gang, the Malvern Crew, according to court records.
Riley has been battling prison officials for more than a year to have his family visit him at Millhaven Institution.
He filed an unsuccessful motion against Ottawa to overturn a decision to deny his request for private family visits with spouse, Dana Lee Williams, and her daughters.
His motion was dismissed last week by the court following complaints from police and prison officials.
A community assessment by Toronto Police revealed Williams had a criminal record that includes three convictions of fail to comply, commission of an offence for a criminal organization and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
Police were “very concerned (Williams) will attempt to bring contraband inside the institution,” the assesment said.
Williams “was investigated for drug trafficking and intercepted phone calls confirmed that (she) had conversations about conspiracy to traffic in drug,” police said in the report.
Millhaven officials had “significant concerns” regarding Williams’ criminal history and the “management of criminal organizations within the institution.”
“The activities of Mr. Riley and Ms. Williams could not be monitored by security staff within the confines of a private family visit,” jail officials said.
Federal Court Judge Johanne Gauthier said Williams had demonstrated a willingness to participate in gang-related activities.