Fri
15
Dec

After final sentencing, prosecutor reveals how fatal biker shootings unfolded

The refusal of key witnesses to testify against Forever Two Wheelz motorycle club president David Bailes Jr. and two co-defendants in the killing of two rival motorcycle club members and injuring of two others reduced prosecutors’ options.

It led to plea agreements with all three defendants and prison sentences of 10 years for Bailes, eight for James Gardner and six for Charles Dellapenna III, the last of whom learned his sentence Thursday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

The sentences were not long enough for Dana Hughes, wife of Walter Hughes, one of the two members of the Brothers Regime who suffered gunshot wounds but survived the June 18, 2016, shootings.

“The years that have been given are not even close to the years it’s going to take to get my life back on track,” she said at Dellapenna’s sentencing hearing.

She had married Walter Hughes at the time of the shootings.

Mon
11
Dec

UPDATE | Motorcycle club president accepts plea agreement, avoids trial

WARREN — Faced with having his first cousin and mother's husband testifying against him at trial, Forever Two Wheelz motorcycle club president David H. Bailes Jr. accepted a plea agreement today instead of going to trial in the 2016 shooting deaths of two members of the Brothers Regime motorcycle club and injuring of two others.

Bailes, 46, pleaded guilty in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court before Judge Andrew Logan to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of felonious assault. He will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Tuesday. His trial was set to begin this morning, but a discussion before jury selection was about to begin eliminated the trial.

VIDEO: Bailes plea agreement

The shootings occurred outside of Shorty’s Place tavern on Highland Avenue in Warren Township as Forever Two Wheelz was preparing to have a benefit motorcycle ride.

Tue
05
Dec

Tues. 12:45 p.m.: Man pleads in motorcycle gang shooting case

WARREN – Charles C. Dellapenna III pleaded guilty this morning to two counts each of complicity to involuntary manslaughter and complicity to felonious assault, plus a single count of carrying a concealed weapon, all connected to the June 2016 motorcycle gang shooting in Warren Township.

Dellapenna, 48, a member of the Forever Two Wheelz motorcycle gang, is accused in connection to the June 2016 shooting deaths of Jason “Foot” Moore, 41, and Robert A. “Chopper Bob” Marto, 54, both of Mecca, and the wounding of Walter Hughes, 41, of Warren, and Andrew Claypool, 50, of Girard.

The four victims were members of Brothers Regime, a rival motorcycle gang.

With this agreement, Dellapenna could reduce possible life prison sentences for the aggravated murders of Moore and Marto and felonious assaults for Hughes and Claypool to a combined sentence of 15 years.

Tue
20
Jun

Man charged in 2016 Shorty's Place shooting pleads to lesser charges

WARREN — One of the three men charged in a gun fight June 18, 2016, among two area motorcycle clubs at Shorty’s Place tavern in Warren Township, has pleaded guilty to reduced charges and has agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of other cases.

James Gardner, 48, of Iowa Avenue Northwest, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan on Tuesday, pleading guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and several other charges, including two counts of complicity to felonious assault.

He could still get prison time, Judge Logan said.

He will be sentenced later.

In exchange, aggravated murder charges he previously faced will be dismissed.

The gun fight left two members of the Brothers Regime club dead and three other men wounded. Gardner and two other men charged are members of the Forever Two Wheelz motorcycle club.

Wed
17
May

Murder verdict reached in biker gang trial

Three men accused of invading a rival club’s meet-and-great at a Columbus sports bar and initiating a brawl that led to a fatal shooting inside the business were found not guilty Wednesday afternoon.

James Daniels Jr., DeMark Ponder and Daginald Wheeler were found not guilty of charges of murder, robbery, aggravated assault, using a gun to commit a crime and three counts of violating Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. Wheeler was also found not guilty of an additional count of violating the gang prevention act. Ponder was guilty of lying to police.

Thu
04
May

Prosecutor: Robbing a biker of his vest sparked brawl, fatal shootout

(Video)--One biker gang’s wresting an adorned vest from the president of another motorcycle club triggered the Columbus bar brawl and 2015 shootout that killed one man and wounded three others, a prosecutor told jurors in the murder trial of three men accused of gang violence.

Assistant District Attorney Ray Daniel said the Strikers club was holding a meet and greet Oct. 9, 2015, at the 4th Quarter Sports Bar, 6969 Macon Road, when around 11:20 p.m. a group affiliated with the Outcast Motorcycle Club arrived, led by defendant Daginald Wheeler.

Their aim was to teach the Strikers to seek the Outcast gang’s approval before hosting such events, Daniel said.

He said surveillance video from the bar showed Wheeler conferring with his black-clad followers before they split up, with some of the armed bikers going to the rear of the bar while others went in the door.

Thu
30
Mar

Three suspects charged in deadly biker gang shooting at Warren Twp. bar

WARREN, Ohio -

Three men now face charges in connection with a deadly bar shooting involving rival biker gangs.

The Trumbull County Grand Jury on Wednesday secretly indicted 46-year-old David Bailes, Jr. of Leavittsburg  and Charles Dellapenna III of Warren on two counts of aggravated murder, and issued a new indictment against 48-year-old James Gardner of Warren.

The charges stem from a June shooting incident at Shorty's Place on Highland Avenue in Warren Township.

Two people died as a result of the shooting. Three others were wounded, including Bailes who had faced a murder charge in Warren municipal court until it was dismissed in September.

Bailes was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday and booked into the Trumbull County Jail.  Bailes and Charles Dellapenna III, 47 of Warren are each charged with two counts of aggravated murder for the shooting deaths of Jason Moore and Robert Marto.  

Mon
16
Jan

Hillsboro biker reportedly headed to bench trial

Alleged motorcycle club members charged after Aberdeen incident

A Hillsboro man who is reportedly one of five members of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club of Cincinnati who were involved in an incident last spring at an Aberdeen night spot is heading to a bench trial with three other club members.

The Ledger Independent in Maysville, Ky. reported that, according to the indictments of Wesley A. Gibson, 34, of Hillsboro, Robert Bowling, 59, of Cincinnati, John A. McIntosh Jr., 49, of West Union and Franklin Delano Griffith, 36, of Manchester, the incident happened on April 17, 2016. They were charged with alleged gang, assault and riotous activities.

A fifth man is already serving his sentence. Lawrence Wayne Allen Jr. entered a guilty plea to a count of aggravated riot, in August 2016, and was sentenced to two years of probation.

Fri
13
Jan

Iron Horsemen trial to begin Jan 30

GEORGETOWN, Ohio – Almost 10 months after an alleged altercation at an Aberdeen, Ohio, night spot, four of five men charged with alleged gang, assault and riotous activities are heading to a bench trial.

According to the indictments of Wesley A. Gibson, 34 of Hillsboro, Ohio, Robert Bowling, 59, of Cincinnati, John A. McIntosh Jr., 49, of West Union, Ohio, and Franklin Delano Griffith, 36, of Manchester, Ohio, the incident happened on April 17, 2016.

A fifth man is already serving his sentence. Lawrence Wayne Allen Jr. entered a guilty plea to a count of aggravated riot, in August 2016, and was sentenced to two years of probation.

All five are members of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club of Cincinnati, who allegedly approached the business doorman at approximately 1:30 a.m., and were denied entry.

The business worker was allegedly assaulted and Aberdeen police and EMS were called to the scene.

Tue
22
Nov

Warren man charged with deadly biker gang shooting

WARREN, Ohio -

A Warren man faces charges filed in connection with a shooting involving local biker gangs that left two people dead and three others wounded at a Warren Township bar.

The Trumbull County Grand jury on Tuesday indicted 48-year-old James Gardner on one count of aggravated murder and two counts of felonious assault.

The charges stem from the June shooting incident at Shorty's Place on Highland Avenue.

Officials say the shooting broke out between two local biker clubs, FTW and Brother's Regime.

Robert Marto, 54 and Jason Moore, 41, both members of the Brothers Regime, were killed.

Forty-five-year-old David Bailes, Jr. of Leavittsburg as well as two members of the Brother's Regime, Andrew Claypool and Walter Hughes were wounded in the shooting.

Bailes, a member of FTW, was charged with murder following the shootings. However, those charges have been dismissed according to Warren Municipal Court records.

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