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Convicted Devil's Diciples members argue for lower sentences

The activities of each Devil’s Diciples Motorcycle Club member occurred in a vacuum, not as a concerted, organized effort of the entire club.



That is the argument presented by attorneys for eight men convicted of various charges for their roles in the former Clinton Township-based national club following two trials in U.S. District Court in Detroit.



The 36-page brief portrays DDMC as not very organized and contends members should not be held accountable merely because they knew the club’s bylaws.


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Feds seek harsher sentences for Devil's Diciples members

Federal attorneys who prosecuted Devil’s Diciples Motorcycle Club members are asking a judge to attach a life-in-prison drug felony with the members’ racketeering-conspiracy convictions to double the potential suggested sentence to at least 16 years in prison.

Assistant U.S. attorneys Saima Mohsin and Eric Straus in legal briefs argue that since the members, as part of the conspiracy, trafficked in 500 grams of methamphetamine, which is a life offense, they should be sentenced as such, not as convicts of racketeering conspiracy, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The federal lawyers say Judge Robert Cleland can do that based on federal law that says “the maximum sentence that may be imposed is 20 years unless the jury finds that a defendant committed a predicate act that carries the possibility of a life sentence.”

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Convicted motorcycle gang members waiting for punishment

Five members of a Macomb County-based motorcycle gang who were convicted of criminal charges more than a year ago still haven’t been sentenced for their crimes.


Five members of the Devil’s Diciples Motorcycle Club were found guilty by a federal jury of conspiring to conduct a criminal enterprise, aka racketeering, and conspiring to make and distribute methamphetamine in February 2015 following a several-month trial in U.S. District Court in Detroit.