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Feb
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8 California Vagos biker gang members acquitted in Las Vegas racketeering trial

LAS VEGAS  — Eight accused Vagos biker gang members were acquitted Monday of all charges alleging they were part of a broad criminal racketeering enterprise that committed violent crimes for more than a decade, including the killing of a rival Hells Angels leader in a casino shootout in 2011.

Lawyer Mark Fleming, left, walks with defendant Albert Lopez past defendant Bradley Campos outside the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse during a federal racketeering trial for eight Vagos Motorcycle Club members in Las Vegas that started in 2019. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Thu
20
Feb
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US jury in Las Vegas mulling accused Vagos racketeering case

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Jurors in Las Vegas began deliberating Wednesday whether federal prosecutors proved after five months of contentious testimony that eight accused Vagos biker gang members conspired in a broad criminal racketeering enterprise to commit violent crimes.

Those crimes included the killing of a rival Hells Angels leader in a shootout at a northern Nevada casino in 2011.

U.S. Justice Department attorney John Han urged the jury to remember what they heard on wiretaps and recordings made by an undercover agent who spent 22 months posing as a Vagos member, and not just the discredited testimony of former Vagos member Gary “Jabbers” Rudnick.

Sat
08
Feb
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Closings resume Feb. 18 in Vagos biker club conspiracy case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Closing arguments were suspended for scheduling reasons in the federal racketeering conspiracy trial of eight accused Vagos biker club members in a case stemming from a deadly 2011 casino gunfight with rival Hells Angels in northern Nevada.

U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro decided Thursday that due to previously scheduled time off, defense closings will resume Feb. 18, followed by a prosecutors’ case summary, court officials said Friday.

The jury in Las Vegas then will begin deliberating about the more than five months of testimony.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers have offered starkly different interpretations of evidence the government says shows Vagos are a criminal enterprise that relies on threats and violence to battle with Hells Angels and others in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Nevada.

Fri
07
Feb
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Lawyers Remind Vagos Jury of Lies by Key Federal Witnesses

A Vagos biker club leader stood silently in a federal courtroom in Las Vegas while his lawyer urged a jury to acquit him of criminal racketeering charges so he can return to his family and his movie studio job in California.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Vagos biker club leader stood silently Thursday in a federal courtroom in Las Vegas while his lawyer urged a jury to acquit him of criminal racketeering charges so he can return to his family and his movie studio job in California.

“This is Al. He’s a good man,” attorney Mark Fleming said of Albert Lopez, a former U.S. Army Ranger, acknowledged Vagos international officer and married father of two who lives in the Los Angeles-area city of Santa Clarita.

Wed
05
Feb
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Closings continue in long trial of Vagos bikers in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal prosecutor spent a second day Tuesday telling a jury in Las Vegas that eight accused Vagos biker gang members were members of a broad criminal racketeering enterprise responsible for crimes including the killing of a rival Hells Angels leader from California in a northern Nevada casino in 2011.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Schiess drew frequent objections from defense attorneys as he pointed jurors toward evidence that he said showed Vagos agreed according to “laws of the street, not laws of society” to commit years of acts of murder, robbery, extortion, kidnapping and drug dealing in addition to the shooting death of Jeffrey Pettigrew.

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24
Nov
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US Judge Doesn’t Toss Top Charges in Vagos Biker Gang Trial

A federal judge in Las Vegas said the prosecution case has been weakened but declined to throw out the most serious charges against eight accused Vagos biker gang members stemming from the killing of a rival Hells Angels leader in September 2011.

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge in Las Vegas said the prosecution case has been weakened but declined to throw out the most serious charges against eight accused Vagos biker gang members stemming from the killing of a rival Hells Angels leader in September 2011.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro on Thursday scheduled testimony to resume Monday the criminal racketeering and conspiracy trial.

Trial started in September and defense attorneys say they expect it’ll continue at least another month.

Thu
07
Nov
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Biker gang leader arrested in Boulder City meth investigation

BOULDER CITY (KTNV) — The leader of the Brotherhood Motorcycle Club and several other members were recently arrested after an investigation by the Boulder City Police Department and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Criminal Intelligence Section.

Robert Fielder is the president of the Las Vegas chapter of the Brotherhood Motorcycle club (MC), a self-purported 1% outlaw motorcycle club. Police say the investigation revealed that Fielder has been trafficking in multiple ounce quantities of methamphetamine on a weekly basis into Boulder City.

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Fri
20
Sep
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Prosecutors say key witness in motorcycle gang trial lied

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a judge to throw out the testimony of a key witness in a federal racketeering trial stemming from a 2011 shootout killing a Hells Angels leader in a Nevada casino.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday that Gary "Jabbers" Rudnick lied after spending more than three days telling jurors that members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club had plotted to kill a rival biker in Sparks.

Officials say the eight men standing trial represent the first group of 21 defendants that prosecutors say were involved in crimes in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Nevada.

Prosecutors say there are doubts as to whether the witness will be truthful.

Defense attorneys for the men have asked to have the murder and racketeering charges thrown out.

Mon
12
Aug
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Nevada jury hears openings in biker club racketeering trial

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury in Las Vegas heard two vastly different views in a federal racketeering trial that opened Monday for eight Vagos biker gang members stemming from a 2011 shootout that killed a rival Hells Angels leader in a Nevada casino.

Prosecutor John Han called it an orchestrated murder approved by Vagos international president Pastor Palafox.

Defense attorney Michael Kennedy countered that using a gun to stop two active shooters in a crowded Reno-area casino is not murder.

Representing Vagos member Ernesto Gonzalez, Kennedy told jurors that two Hells Angels members shot first and were “stomping” a man at gunpoint when Gonzalez shot Jeffrey Pettigrew dead.

Prosecutors call Pettigrew’s killing part of a pattern of more than a decade of Vagos crimes in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Nevada.

Mon
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Nevada jury being picked for biker club racketeering trial

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury is being picked in federal court in Las Vegas for the racketeering trial of eight accused Vagos motorcycle club members in a sweeping case stemming from the killing of a rival Hells Angels leader from California at a northern Nevada casino in 2011.

Prosecutors allege the Vagos is a broad criminal enterprise engaged for more than a decade in murder, kidnapping, extortion, witness intimidation and drug and weapons trafficking.

The eight men standing trial represent the first of three groups totaling 21 defendants in the case that prosecutors allege involves crimes in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon and Nevada.

The men have each pleaded not guilty.

Jury selection is expected to take several days, and opening statements are scheduled Aug. 12.

Trial could take up to four months.

 

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