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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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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
29
Jul
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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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Jul
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Alleged leader of local 'outlaw motorcycle club' arrested on plethora of charges by Tri-County Gang Unit

A 49-year-old Carson City man was arrested by the Tri-County Gang Unit on five felony charges, one gross misdemeanor charge, and three misdemeanor charges after he allegedly committed felony domestic battery.

According to the report, David Sanchez is the president of the Deadly Sins Motorcycle Club Carson City Nevada chapter and he is associated with the Vagos Motorcycle Club and was arrested in the 900 block of Woodside Drive early Friday morning.

The Deadly Sins MC is a support motorcycle club for the Vagos MC, which is an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang that commonly engages in felonious activities, the report states.

Vagos MC support clubs “commonly engage in buying and selling drugs and firearms and they provide a portion of the revenue from these sales to the Vagos MC.”

Late Thursday evening, upon arrival, deputies made contact with Sanchez and his child. Deputies took Sanchez into custody for felony domestic battery.

Fri
22
Mar
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El Cortez shooting suspects believed to be members of Hells Angels-affiliated motorcycle club

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Police believe three suspects in a shooting early Sunday at the El Cortez were members of a motorcycle club affiliated with the Hells Angels.

Officers responded to calls of shots fired and a person injured at the El Cortez early Sunday morning, according to an arrest report filed in the case.

When police arrived, they found four victims who had received apparent gunshot wounds. All four were wearing clothing and indicia associated with the Vagos motorcycle gang, according to the arrest report.

 

Officers found four other Vagos members and prospects near the crime scene and detained them for questioning, the report said.

Sun
30
Sep
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Carson City Sheriff's Office arrest log: Deputies make felony cocaine busts

A 32 year-old Reno man was arrested Friday evening at 7:34 p.m. in the area of North Carson Street and College Parkway on felony drug possession and a host of misdemeanor offenses, a Carson City Sheriff's deputy reported.

Jeramy Scoggin was taken into custody after the motorcycle he was riding had been stopped for no visible license plate. Registration on the motorcycle was found to be expired for more than a year, according to the arrest report.

Scoggin was observed to be wearing the insignia of a motorcycle gang, the report said. He failed multiple times to comply with law enforcement instructions to place his hands on his head and keep his kick stand up while straddling the bike with his legs.

Thu
29
Jun
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Vagos Case Court Filing in Las Vegas Reports Bombing Threats

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prosecutors in Las Vegas say telephoned bomb threats are reasons to deny bail to a defendant in a criminal racketeering case involving 23 accused Vagos motorcycle club leaders, members or associates.

Defense attorney Chris Rasmussen on Thursday dismissed the account by prosecutors as a desperate and unsubstantiated attempt to keep his client, John Seimer (SEE'-mer), in federal custody until trial.

Court filings cited two telephoned threats last Saturday to the FBI and Los Angeles police.

Prosecutors said both referred to the June 16 arrests of Vagos case defendants and named Seimer.

One caller also named two other defendants and said a bomb had been placed to explode on or before Friday.

The FBI and U.S. prosecutors didn't immediately respond to telephone and email messages.

Thu
27
Apr
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Witness says he lied about casino gang killing

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The star witness who helped convict the triggerman who killed a high-ranking Hells Angels' boss at a Nevada casino in 2011 says he was lying when he testified that the shooting was an assassination plot orchestrated by a rival motorcycle gang, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Prosecutors think the recantation is a lie, but it could make it more difficult to get another murder conviction against Ernesto Gonzalez, a former Vagos gang member. He's scheduled to be tried again in August after the Nevada Supreme Court threw out the conviction because of improper jury instructions.

Legal scholars say it's hard to predict jurors' reaction to recanted testimony, but it raises questions about the claims of suspects who make deals with prosecutors to take the stand in exchange for more lenient sentences, as Gary "Jabbers" Rudnick did.

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