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11
Oct
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San Antonio judge hands star witness in Bandidos trial five years in prison, instead of life

(2 images) --- A former high-ranking member of the Bandidos who was the first to publicly testify about the inner workings and criminal dealings of the outlaw motorcycle club was sentenced Wednesday to a reduced sentence of five years in prison without parole.

“I want to apologize to my family for everything I put them through,” Justin Cole Forster, 34, told Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra. “I take responsibility for my actions. I am truly sorry for my actions. … I’m ready to put this behind me and move on with my life and be a contributing member of society.”

The judge noted that Forster was “no meek and mild participant in the Bandidos. This was no Don Knotts so to speak.”

Wed
03
Oct
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San Antonio judge sentences Bandido turned informant to 15 years without parole

A former high-ranking member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club who helped federal authorities convict the top two leaders of the biker gang received 15 years without parole Wednesday, making a tearful apology and promising to continue to cooperate

“I’m remorseful for what I’ve done. I apologize to the family of Anthony Benesh,” “Downtown” Johnny Romo, 48, told the judge, crying. “ I took a man’s life. It’s been a heavy burden on me for many years. Now I have to live with it.”

Romo rose to become a sergeant-at-arms in the Bandidos’ national chapter before he turned informant and became a key prosecution witness in the three-month trial of former national president Jeffrey Fay Pike and then-vice president John Xavier Portillo. The pair were sentenced last week to life in prison without parole for leading the Bandidos’ racketeering conspiracy.

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02
Oct
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Bandido gets 13 years without parole for retaliation killing near San Antonio

A former Bandidos member who participated in the killing of another man 16 years ago was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in federal prison without parole, plus five years of supervision after his release.

Frederick “Fast Fred” Cortez, 50, was charged in a racketeering case that took down the top leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. It wasn’t until federal authorities squeezed the Bandidos that Cortez admitted he helped shoot Robert Lara at a rest stop south of San Antonio in January 2002.

Cortez pleaded guilty in October 2016 to murder in aid of racketeering for Lara’s killing.

Lara was killed because he was suspected of slaying a Bandido in late 2001, according to testimony during the three-month trial of the Bandidos’ former national vice president John Xavier Portillo and ex-president Jeffrey Fay Pike. Pike and Portillo were sentenced last week to life in prison without parole for leading the racketeering conspiracy.

Thu
27
Sep
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Former president of Bandidos biker gang gets life in prison

Jeffrey Fay Pike sentenced Wednesday in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - Jeffrey Fay Pike, the 63-year-old former national president of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison by a federal judge in San Antonio.

The sentence, plus 10 years, was handed down months after Pike was convicted on numerous racketeering and drug trafficking charges.

Pike received his sentence a day after former Bandidos national vice president, John Xavier Portillo, was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus 20 years in federal prison, a release from the U.S. District’s Attorney’s Office said.

“As I have said before, this prosecution shows that the Department of Justice has the tools to strip away a veneer of legitimate activity to expose and punish underlying criminal conduct. Others—and not only those involved in violent activity—should take note,” stated U.S. Attorney John F. Bash.

Mon
24
Sep
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High-ranking Bandidos member tied to 2006 Austin killing sentenced to life in prison

The former national vice president of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club received two consecutive life sentences and an additional 20 years in federal prison on Monday following his conviction in May on drug trafficking and racketeering charges.

John Xavier Portillo, 59, was also ordered to surrender his motorcycle, three firearms and nearly $18,000 in cash that were seized in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Portillo, along with Bandidos’ national president Jeffrey Fay Pike, 63, was convicted on more than a dozen counts, including some in connection with the killing of Anthony Benesh, who was trying to start a Texas Chapter of the Hell’s Angels, a rival club, in Austin. 

Mon
24
Sep
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San Antonio man, the Bandidos one-time second in command, could get life in prison

(photo gallery) --- The Bandidos Motorcycle Club’s former second in command, a San Antonio man who directed the biker group’s violent racketeering enterprise, including drug dealing, extortion, beatings and murder, is expected to be sentenced Monday to life in prison.

Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra is scheduled to sentence John Xavier Portillo, the national vice president of the Bandidos, at a morning hearing. Portillo, 58, served as second in command for national president Jeffrey Fay Pike, 62, of Conroe, who led the club for more than a decade.

Sat
15
Sep
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Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle in Springwood, QLD

Police are appealing to the public for assistance to identify a motorcyclist who performed a burn-out at the Springwood Police Station yesterday, Queensland Police say.

Around 5.20pm on Thursday September 13, a male rider dangerously operated his motorcycle in the driveway of the Pacific Highway station.

While performing the illegal manoeuvre the man fell from his motorcycle, before climbing back on and riding away.

The man was last seen travelling south on the Pacific Highway Service Road.

It’s believed he was wearing Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) colours at the time.

Police are appealing to anyone who was in the area around the time or the event and witnesses something – or has dashcam footage – to come forward.

Please see the below link to access vision in relation to the incident: Video

Thu
30
Aug
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Trio of Abilene Bandido bikers accused of violently robbing rival club member

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - A trio of Bandido bikers was arrested for allegedly violently robbing a rival club member who drove through their 'turf' while wearing the rival club's vest. 

Daniel Machado, Justin Aldava, and Jesse Trevino were all arrested Wednesday and charged with Aggravated Robbery in connection to the incident that took place in July of 2018. They have all been released from jail after posting a $150,000 bond each.

Court documents state the victim was riding near the Bandido Motorcycle clubhouse on the 1300 block of Butternut Street when he noticed three bikers - later identified as Machado, Alvada, and Trevino - leave the clubhouse and start to follow him. 

He sped up, but the documents say the trio kept going, kicking him in the back when they reached him and eventually cutting him off and stopping his path, forcing him to turn into a small parking lot

Tue
31
Jul
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Bandidos member's gun trafficking shows gang's propensity for serious crime, police say

It was a cold June day in Devonport two years ago when police intercepted a Mazda MX6 bound for Melbourne.

The car had been booked under the name Jason Steel, an associate of Paul Abraham and Todd Michael Walker, who police said was the sergeant-at-arms of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang's nearby Mersey River chapter.

Police believe Abraham is a Bandidos associate while Mr Steel is not connected to the gang.

 

Sat
28
Jul
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State, Carrizal seek delay in Twin Peaks shootout retrial

Prosecutors and an attorney for Jacob Carrizal have agreed to postpone the retrial of the Twin Peaks biker shootout defendant, which had been set for Sept. 10.

In a joint motion for a continuance, Robert Moody, McLennan County first assistant district attorney, and Chris Lewis, Carrizal’s attorney, cite the volume of evidence Lewis needs more time to review, plus evidence federal prosecutors have agreed to share from the trial of two former Bandidos national leaders that both sides want to see.

Lewis signed on to represent Carrizal, the Dallas Bandidos chapter president, shortly after Carrizal’s first trial ended in a hung jury and mistrial in November. Carrizal is the first and only Twin Peaks defendant to stand trial so far in the May 2015 shootout that left nine dead and 20 wounded. He initially was represented by Casie Gotro, of Houston, who withdrew from the case after the mistrial.

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