BREAKING: 2 Bandidos plead guilty in 2006 Austin killing, feds say

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Two leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle club pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to the killing of Anthony Benesh III outside an Austin restaurant in 2006. 

Johnny Romo, 47, and Robert Romo, 45, both of San Antonio, pleaded guilty to two charges related to murder, racketeering and using a firearm in relation to a violent crime, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. 

According to court records at the time, Benesh, 44, was allegedly trying to start a chapter of the Hells Angels in Texas and was warned by members of the Bandidos to desist. He received multiple threatening voice and text messages indicating that he should stop wearing the insignia of the Hells Angels.

Benesh didn’t heed their warnings, and on March 18, 2006, he was with his two children outside a Northwest Austin pizza restaurant when he was shot and killed by a single bullet in a sniper-style attack, authorities have said.

According to the DOJ statement, the Romos and other men killed Benesh “to protect the power, reputation and territory of the Bandidos enterprise.”

The Romos were indicted in March along with two other men, 40-year-old Jesse James Benavidez and 35-year-old Norberto Serna Jr.

The Romos face sentences of up to life in prison. Their sentencing hearings are scheduled for May next year.

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