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Members of New York motorcycle club with Tennessee ties sentenced on RICO charges

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Members of a New York motorcycle club which also operated in Tennessee were sentenced to prison on Wednesday stemming from RICO conspiracy and firearm charges.

The U.S. Department of Justice reports Gregory "Flip" Wilson and Glen "Turbo" Stacharczyck were sentenced to 180 months and 57 months in prison, respectively.

The men were members of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club, a gang which the DOJ says operated in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

According to plea agreements of the two men, Wilson admitted to punching a woman repeatedly in 2009, causing her eyes to swell shut following a verbal altercation. The assault took place at a Pennsylvania clubhouse and the DOJ says Wilson nor any other members called for medical help.

The woman was then taken back to New York where Wilson and his mother kept her secluded against her will to hide her injuries.

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The case against high-ranking members of Bandidos motorcycle club

(pics and video) --- HOUSTON - For 3 1/2 years, a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI led to convictions and guilty pleas against several high-ranking members of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle club. The case against club members involved assaults and murders.

“It was a massive investigation,” said Assistant United States Attorney Eric Fuchs. “It had been a criminal organization for 16 years.”

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Could a notorious biker club's survival hinge on a trademark? The feds are betting on it

When federal prosecutors finally managed to put mobster Al Capone behind bars, it wasn’t for murder or bootlegging, but tax evasion.

Fast forward several decades and government lawyers in Southern California say a similarly novel tactic could be the key to taking down the Mongols, a notorious motorcycle club that has long been targeted by authorities for killings and drug trafficking.

Instead of tax returns, the court battle this time will be won or lost in the decidedly unexciting trenches of trademark and forfeiture law.

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Laws banning drivers' use of cell phones are saving motorcyclists' lives

Researchers suggest that states with stricter laws have lower fatality rates

Though cell phones have come to permeate essentially every area of our lives, the use of these devices while driving has become particularly problematic. Amidst several campaigns urging consumers not to text or call while driving, the issue continues to lead to fatal car accidents.

However, a new study conducted by researchers from Florida Atlantic University found that motorcyclist fatalities have been on the decline in states that have instituted strict bans on using cell phones while driving.

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3 members of outlaw motorcycle gang indicted for beating, robbing Abilene man

ABILENE, Texas — Three members of an outlaw motorcycle gang accused of robbing and beating an Abilene man were indicted Thursday.

Daniel Aragon Machado, 36, of Abilene, Justin Nathaniel Aldava, 23, of Abilene and Jesse Lee Trevino, 34, of Merkel, were indicted for aggravated robbery, robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Van West Robinson -- a member of the Kinfolk Motorcycle Club -- rode past the Bandidos' clubhouse in the 1300 block of Butternut Street on July 25.

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According to the indictment, Machado, Aldava and Trevino followed Robinson and tried to kick him off his motorcycle.

They eventually cut him off and surrounded Robinson.

Robinson pulled out a gun and held it at his side.

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Kingsmen trial witness sentenced to probation

COURT: Witness in case receives three years of probation for misdemeanor drug charge.

A witness in the 2014 Kingsmen Motorcycle Club double-murder was spared prison-time Wednesday for a drug arrest in 2016.

Leslie Maziarz, of North Tonawanda, was sentenced by Niagara County Court Judge Matthew Murphy III to three years of probation for a misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance charge. 

Maziarz was arrested July 8, 2016 on a felony drug charge after police executed a search warrant on a North Tonwanda residence and found her and Steven Papoi with cocaine. She pleaded guilty in November 2016 and entered a two-year drug diversion program. 

Upon completing the program, Maziarz was allowed to plead guilty to a reduced misdemeanor drug charge. 

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Mongols’ Defense: A Club Can’t Conspire With Itself

SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) — A defense attorney for the Mongol Nation motorcycle club told a California jury Tuesday that federal prosecutors had not presented any evidence that the club ever violated racketeering laws or engaged in a conspiracy — indeed, he said, it could not be convicted of conspiracy because an entity cannot conspire with itself.

“There’s no evidence that the Mongol Nation conspired to do anything,” Joseph A. Yanny told the Orange County jury in his closing arguments.

“There are individual members” who have committed crimes, he acknowledged, but “there’s no evidence at all that the club joined in those activities.”

He said the club itself cannot be held liable for “isolated incidents committed by boneheads.”

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Pagans guitar maker Freddy Augello sentenced to life plus 30 years in April Kauffman murder at Shore

MAYS LANDING, N.J. — Freddy Augello finally got his chance to speak his mind in court on Wednesday, and the Jersey Shore Pagans motorcycle club leader, guitar maker, and convicted murderer blamed the 2012 killing of April Kauffman on two other men: one who testified against him and another who died of an overdose years ago.

“I’m not John Gotti," he told Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury.

DeLury was undeterred. After listening to Augello for more than 20 minutes — a speech the prosecutor later called “the ramblings of a man who’s going to spend the next 55 years in jail” — he sentenced Augello, 62, to life in prison for being the leader of a drug ring, and 30 years for murder.

Augello would not be eligible for parole unless he lived to age 117. He plans an appeal of the verdict.

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Trial Wraps Up in U.S. Attempt to Yank Motorcycle Club Trademark

A federal prosecutor Monday told jurors who were “witnesses to a lengthy parade of cruelty” for the past five weeks in a trial against a Los Angeles-based motorcycle club that they should vote to yank Mongol Nation’s trademark while the organization’s attorney argued it has been targeted because its membership is primarily Mexican-American.

“Over the past five weeks you’ve been witness to a lengthy parade of cruelty,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Welk said of the evidence presented of the club’s criminal history since its founding in 1969.

For the first time, federal prosecutors are trying to get a motorcycle club found guilty of racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering in order to have its trademark taken away. It would mean the club’s motorcyclists could no longer wear the patches they wear on their “cuts,” slang for leather jackets.

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New charges in Hells Angels shooting, assault in Augusta County

(video) --- AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — There are new charges for two members of the Hells Angels biker gang in connection to a shooting at the Augusta County Hometown Inn back in September.
 

Dominick J. Eadicicco and Anthony Vincent Milan were each charged with attempted murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. The two are also each facing a charge of malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

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