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'Taco' Bowman, ex-head of Outlaws biker gang, dies at 69

Detroit — A Metro Detroit native who police say was one of the most infamous motorcycle gang leaders in U.S. history died Sunday while serving a life sentence in a federal prison.

Harry "Taco" Bowman, the former leader of the Outlaws motorcycle gang who reportedly got his nickname because he looked Hispanic, died Sunday in the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed Wednesday. He was 69.

Although he was president of one of the nation's most notorious outlaw motorcycle gangs, police said Bowman kept a low profile during much of his criminal career — until his photo was plastered in post offices throughout the United States in 1998, when the FBI put him on its Most Wanted List.

Federal authorities offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest, after he was indicted on murder and other charges in 1997.

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27
Dec
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Last of convicted Devil's Diciples members sentenced to long or life terms

A second set of four members of the Clinton Township-based Devil Diciple’s Motorcycle Club recently received life or long sentences for their roles in the criminal enterprise.

Club vice president Paul “Pauli” Darrah, 54, of Macomb Township, and Vincent “Holiday” John Witort, 68, of Fontana, Calif., aka "West Coss boss," each received life sentences following their convictions in 2015 following a trial. Darrah, convicted of seven charges, was sentenced Nov. 30 while Witort, convicted of two charges, was sentenced Dec. 12.

Victor Castano, 46, of St. Clair Shores, received 28 years in prison on four charges, and David “D” Randy Drozdowski, 42, of Fair Haven, was sentenced to 38 years in prison on five charges in recent hearings.

All were sentenced by Judge Robert Cleland in U.S. District Court in Port Huron.

The eight defendants convicted at two 2015 trials in Detroit were found guilty of operating a criminal enterprise, or racketeering.

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Nov
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Man Enters Plea To Break-In That Led To Motorcycle Club Fire

A plea has been entered by the man charged with a break-in at the Scorpions Motorcycle Club in Lyon Township.

40-year-old Kinley Rae-Thomas Kelm pleaded no contest last week in Oakland County Circuit Court to charges of breaking and entering with intent, larceny of firearms, being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of felony firearms. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is considered as such at sentencing.

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Nov
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Devils Diciples leader sentenced to life for racketeering, drug trafficking

Detroit — The former national president of the Devils Diciples motorcycle club was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday on charges of racketeering and drug trafficking, officials announced. 

Jeff Garvin Smith, known as “Fat Dog,” 64, of Mount Clemens was sentenced by Judge Robert H. Cleland in Detroit after a having been convicted of several offenses in a six-month jury trial in 2014-15 and a four-month trial that ended in February 2015.

Evidence showed that at Smith’s direction, individuals, including members and associates of the gang, were beaten and robbed, attorney general's office stated.

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Member shirt led to man charged in Scorpions Motorcycle Club break-in on night of fire

It was a Scorpions Motorcycle Club shirt — a garment available only to members — that led to a suspect being identified in the break-in at the club's building in Lyon Township.

The break-in happened Sept. 22, 2017, the same time a fire heavily damaged the Scorpions clubhouse on Milford Road, just north of 10 Mile. Kinley Rae-John Kelm, 39, is charged with multiple felonies over the break-in and thefts from the clubhouse and a camper on the property.

During a preliminary examination in 52-1 District Court, Scorpions member Jacob David testified that about a week after the fire and break-in, he was attending an event in South Lyon when he saw a man in a Scorpions shirt across the street.

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Jul
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Outlaw-affiliated bikers get jail, ordered to pay for barroom beating

(video) --- BAY CITY, MI -- Two Bay City bikers with ties to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club have received jail time for the beating of a man in a local bar.

Eric J. Kerkau, 47, and Arthur R. Miller, 33, appeared before Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill for sentencing on Monday, July 30. Both men in June pleaded guilty to assault with intent to cause great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony and the lone charge they each faced.

Gill sentenced both men to one year in jail. Gill gave Kerkau credit for 48 days already served in jail, but gave Miller zero days' credit.

Gill gave Miller until 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, to report to the Bay County Jail. Miller is also to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings three times a week, the judge ruled.

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Man faces multiple drug, weapons charges in Grayling

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A northern Michigan man faces a long list of charges after a report of a crash in Grayling.

Officers from the Grayling Department of Public Safety were called to Spike's Keg O' Nails on Saturday, July 7 for a three-vehicle crash.

While officers were responding, dispatch advised that the vehicle was continuing to crash into other vehicles.

When they arrived on scene, officers found the driver, and sole occupant of the car, to be a 64-year-old Cheboygan man who is a member of the Northmen Motorcycle Club.

Investigators said the man was in the area for a club meeting in Frederic.

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Jul
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Man found competent to stand trial in break-in at Scorpions Motorcycle Club

After three tries to hold a hearing, a man charged with breaking into a motorcycle club the night it was heavily damaged by fire has been found competent to stand trial.

Attorneys stipulated to a forensic examination report finding Kinley Rae-John Kelm, 40, competent at a probable cause hearing July 11 in 52-1 District Court in Novi.

Kelm is charged with breaking and entering with intent; two counts of larceny of firearms; one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm; and felony firearm. A not guilty plea was entered for him at arraignment.

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Jun
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Outlaw bikers caught on video beating man in bar plead guilty

(video) -- BAY CITY, MI -- Two biker buds who beat a fellow bar patron for, so they thought, taking a photo of their Outlaws Motorcycle Club apparel have pleaded guilty as charged.

Eric J. Kerkau, 47, and Arthur R. Miller, 33, on Monday, June 18, appeared before Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill and pleaded guilty to assault with intent to cause great bodily harm less than murder. The charge is a 10-year felony.

The men each faced that charge and no others. They pleaded two days before their trials were to begin.

The prosecution agreed both men's sentencing guidelines would range from zero to 17 months. The prosecution also agreed not to seek habitual offender sentencing enhancement in either man's case. Court records indicate each man has three misdemeanor convictions.

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Jun
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Attorneys argue over Devil's Diciples sentencing issues

Federal prosecutors argued Monday that potential life sentences are warranted for former members of a Clinton Township-based motorcycle club primarily convicted of racketeering, drug and other offenses.

 

 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Saima Mohsin and Eric Strauss contend the ex-members of the Devil’s Diciples Motorcycle Club were part of a criminal enterprise that sold well beyond the 500 grams of methamphetamine they were convicted of selling, and that they committed violent acts, including murder and attempted murder, that should put them behind bars for the rest of their lives.

 

 

“The Devil’s Diciple’s encouraged drug use, proliferated it and supplied it,” Mohsin told Judge Robert Cleland in U.S. District Court in Port Huron during an approximately three-hour hearing. “Using methamphetamine was at the very core of this organization.”

 

 

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