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2 Kingsmen Motorcycle Club members sentenced in federal court

Men from Florida, Tennessee were previously convicted of RICO conspiracy.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Two members of a New York motorcycle club convicted of RICO conspiracy received their sentences, according to the office of U.S. Attorney for Western New York James Kennedy on Wednesday.

Joseph Michael Long, 40, of Maryvale, Tennessee, will serve 27 months in prison.

Timothy Haley Sr., 63, of Dunnellon, Florida, received three years of supervised release, which includes eight months of home detention.

Both men were admitted members of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club.

Former Kingsmen Motorcycle Club President David Pirk and member Andre Jenkins were sentenced in March for the 2014 execution-style killings of Paul Mae and Daniel Szymanski. Authorities say the victims were shot behind the KMC clubhouse in North Tonawanda as part of a feud among club members.

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Moving Day at the Hells Angels Clubhouse

The biker gang’s tenure in the East Village included trash-can fireworks, LSD, shootings, and Christmas cheer. They will be missed.

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Final Kingsmen defendants sentenced in RICO case

Former Olean club president sentenced to time served, probation

BUFFALO — Former Kingsmen Motorcycle Club leaders with ties to the area were sentenced Thursday to round out a federal RICO and murder investigation of the club.

Club members Thomas Koszuta was sentenced to serve 57 months in prison, and Robert Osborne was sentenced to time served and three years supervised release.

Osborne, formerly the KMC Olean chapter president, vice president and regular full-patch member, was accused of erasing video footage that showed member Andre Jenkins inside the Olean chapter clubhouse both days before and after Jenkins murdered KMC members Paul Maue and Daniel "DJ" Szymanski behind the North Tonawanda chapter clubhouse on Sept. 6, 2014.

Officials also accused Osborne and Emmett Green of assaulting a fellow member in December 2014 for stealing money from the Olean clubhouse.

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Hells Angels ride off from E. 3rd clubhouse

The Hells Angels have been vacating their notorious East Village clubhouse and residence in recent days, an exodus spurred by the apparent transfer of their six-story building to a buyer.

The new owner, Nathan Blatter, president of the Whitestone Realty Company in Brooklyn, said he was not available for immediate comment.

So where are the fearsome self-styled bad boys heading on their Harley hogs after 50 years at 77 E. Third St.?

“We don’t know,” said a lean, longhaired member of the famed outlaw motorcycle club. As he moved packing material out through the clubhouse door over the weekend, he shielded his face from this reporter’s camera. Two motorcycles belonging to Angels were parked outside. Across the street was a bright orange pickup truck splashed with yellow lightning bolts and the words “Hell Bound” pierced with a pitchfork symbol on its tailgate.

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Former Kingsmen president gets three life sentences for double murder

Andre Jenkins fired the gun that killed two fellow Kingsmen, but the man behind the assassination-style murders is also going to prison for life.

David Pirk, the Lockport native who rose to power in the violent motorcycle gang, was given three consecutive life sentences Thursday for his leadership role in orchestrating the double murder.

Now 68, Pirk was found guilty of conspiring with Jenkins and others to kill Kingsmen Paul Maue and Daniel "DJ" Szymanski outside their North Tonawanda clubhouse in September 2014.

"DJ was a large man with a heart of gold," his mother, Barbara Szymanski, said during a statement in court Thursday. "His nickname was teddy bear."

Jenkins, who is already serving life without parole because of a Niagara County conviction for the murders, was also found guilty in federal court of taking part in the conspiracy. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford will sentence him later on Thursday.

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Hell’s Angels may sell their longtime East Village clubhouse

The biker group has had a presence on East 3rd Street for decades

Another East Village institution—albeit an infamous one—appears to be packing up and leaving the neighborhood. EV Grieve reports that the Hell’s Angels are planning to sell their longtime clubhouse on East 3rd Street, and may move as soon as the spring.

Public records show that a memorandum of contract has been drawn up between the Angels and a corporation listed as 77 East 3rd Street LLC. That firm is linked to Nathan Blatter of Whitestone Realty Group, a commercial real estate investor. No sale price was included in the memorandum.

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DA Seeks More Than $800K From Accused Drug Traffickers

Firefighters, former police officers and members of outlaw biker gangs were arrested Tuesday during a massive series of raids.

MIDDLETOWN, NY — In addition to arresting 26 people Tuesday accused in two connected drug trafficking operations, prosecutors want to seize their ill-gotten gains. The Orange County District Attorney's Office has instituted a civil proceeding against many defendants in the cocaine conspiracy seeking more than $833,000 in illegally obtained profits.

The DA plans to do the same against defendants in the pill conspiracy, one member of which was said to have made more than $70,000 during a six-month period.

"It is a sad day when law enforcement must execute narcotics related search warrants at firehouses and when paid firemen and former police officers are charged with high level narcotics felonies," said District Attorney David Hoovler in a statement.

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Deliveryman beaten after parking in front of Hells Angels clubhouse

A deliveryman was beaten early Monday when he parked his car in front of motorcycles outside the Hells Angels’ East Village clubhouse, police sources said.

The 22-year-old was dropping off food to a different location on East Third Street between First and Second avenues around 2 a.m. when he stopped his car in front of the motorcycle club, police said.

A stranger in his 60s approached the driver and told him he couldn’t park in front of the hogs, but the deliveryman continued with the drop-off, law enforcement sources said.

When he returned to his car, two other men approached. One held him by the neck while the other sucker-punched him in the face, the sources added.

The victim suffered minor facial injuries but did not need to be taken to the hospital.

The Hells Angels have zealously protected the parking spaces outside their clubhouse.

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Kingsmen member sentenced to four years in prison

Another member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club is going to prison.

Jason Williams, who pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to four years in prison.

Prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph M. Tripi and Brendan T. Cullinane, Williams, 44, of Kenmore, admitted selling marijuana and cocaine to other Kingsmen.

In seeking leniecy, his lawyer said Williams is no longer the same man.

"The evidence at today's sentencing hearing demonstrated that Jason Williams was not a violent member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club, and a much different person today," said defense lawyer Robert Singer. "Jason worked hard over the past three years to transform his life."

Williams is one of 20 Kingsmen to be convicted.

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Hells Angels purchases vacant Centereach church

The group will use the Lynbrook Street site as its Suffolk County chapter headquarters, Brookhaven Town officials said.

Brookhaven Town officials say the Hells Angels have purchased a former Centereach church and plan to use it as the club’s new headquarters.

The club's Suffolk County chapter, which held a children's toy drive at the Lynbrook Street site earlier this month, plans to modify the structure's interior and obtain town permits before moving in, officials said. Town officials said club leaders have been cooperative and plan to be "good neighbors." 

Brookhaven officials said some neighboring residents have expressed concern about the club's purchase of the property, but they said the town cannot prevent the group from using the site as long as members abide by local codes.

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