Former biker gang member sentenced in Springfield meth case

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A former member of the Galloping Goose outlaw motorcycle gang was sentenced Wednesday in a large-scale Springfield meth case.

Timothy Hall, 56, was sentenced by Judge Doug Harpool to a little more than nine years in federal prison after Hall pleaded guilty to participating in a meth distribution conspiracy.

Hall's sister spoke at the sentencing Wednesday afternoon, telling the judge that Hall was a good man.

The judge said he did not believe Hall was a major player in the drug ring — which investigators tied to at least 77 pounds of meth and 6 pounds of heroin — but he was a willing participant.

"We can't stop these drug conspiracies if good people allow themselves to be used," Harpool said.

Hall faced a possible life sentence after admitting he sold meth about 30 times during the conspiracy.

Harpool gave Hall a sentence below the minimum of 10 years, in part because of the "safety valve" provision which allows defendants without much criminal history to get breaks if they fully admit their involvement.

Hall's attorney asked for five to six years in prison, but Harpool said he could not go that low because Hall did not cooperate with the government in giving them information about other people in the conspiracy.

Hall's sentencing comes three weeks after Patrick Brigaudin, the leader of the drug trafficking organization, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

Hall and Brigaudin were friends.

Despite Hall's ties to the Galloping Goose outlaw motorcycle club, however, Harpool said he did not believe Hall worked as a go-between for the drug organization and the biker gang.

Judge Harpool said that while joining the motorcycle gang was a bad idea, it was not much of a factor in the sentencing.

Hall's attorney Brian Risley said Hall struggled with meth addiction and that is how he got involved with Brigaudin.

While the Galloping Goose has a reputation for drug distribution, Risley said Hall actually stayed away from drugs while he was in the gang.

The reason Hall got out of the biker gang, according to his attorney, is because he could not afford the membership.

Money was a big topic at Wednesday's sentencing hearing.

While Brigaudin, the ringleader, allegedly laundered millions of dollars in drug proceeds through Downstream Casino, Hall's sister said Hall could not afford to pay his phone bill.

Risley said Hall was broke and did not make much money from the drug activity.

Investigators used a wiretap, hours of surveillance and confidential sources to take down the drug organization following a multiyear investigation.

Fifteen people were ultimately indicted.

The final drug bust in the case came in February 2016, when authorities tracked a shipment and seized 12 pounds of meth and 6 pounds of heroin from Brigaudin's home near the intersection of McDaniel Street and Kentwood Avenue in Springfield.

Hall showed up to Brigaudin's house on a motorcycle while federal investigators were executing the search warrant. Hall was arrested that day and has been in jail for parts of the last two years.

A year before that bust at Brigaudin's house, Springfield police officers found a quarter of a pound of meth at Hall's house.

At Wednesday's hearing, federal prosecutors asked that Hall be sentenced to 12 years in prison. The judge opted for a sentence of 112 months in prison plus five years of supervised release.

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