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09
Sep
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Ex-Gypsy Joker motorcycle club member accused of racketeering fears retaliation in custody, testimony reveals

A former member of the Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club facing federal racketeering, kidnapping and murder charges argued Monday that he’s at more risk of retaliation behind bars than he would be outside while awaiting trial.

Joseph Duane Folkerts is a target, said his defense lawyer, Andrew Kohlmetz.

“It’s easier to get to him in jail than out of custody,’’ Kohlmetz said.

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones denied the request to release Folkerts, noting that he’s currently in protective custody and faces a potential life sentence if convicted. Folkerts, 62, is one of four co-defendants who face similar charges and remain behind bars pending an April trial. Two others have pleaded guilty.

Prosecutors said Folkerts wasn’t involved in the initial abduction of former club member Robert “Bagger’’ Huggins, 56, who was taken from a home in Northeast Portland to a rural property in southwest Washington, where he was beaten, tortured and killed.

Fri
26
Jul
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Feds won’t pursue death penalty in Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle kidnapping, murder conspiracy cases

The U.S. attorney general has directed federal prosecutors in Oregon not to seek the death penalty in the kidnapping, torture-style murder and racketeering conspiracy cases pending against accused members of the Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club.

The decision was forwarded July 1 to the Oregon judge handling the case -- that’s about 3 ½ weeks before Attorney General William P. Barr announced Thursday that the federal government would resume death penalty executions after a 16-year hiatus.

No offenders prosecuted in Oregon currently are on federal death row.

In the motorcycle club prosecution, the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., reviewed the case and made a recommendation.

Steven Mygrant, a federal prosecutor in Oregon, then informed U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones.

Thu
27
Jun
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Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club member pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy

Gresham resident Earl D. Fisher, a Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club member, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to engage in racketeering in connection with the 2015 kidnapping and death of a former club member.

Fisher, 49, is the second member of the motorcycle club to enter a guilty plea in the case. Racketeering, murder and kidnapping charges are pending against five others, who are scheduled for trial Aug. 31.

As part of his plea agreement, Fisher acknowledged that the motorcycle club, from at least January 2008 until October 2018, was an “outlaw” organization whose members followed a written code of conduct, wielding their power through intimidation, violence and murder while enriching themselves through extortion, robbery and drug distribution.

The racketeering charges stem from the 2015 kidnapping and killing of Robert “Bagger” Huggins, 56.

Thu
11
Apr
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‘Star witness’ in Gypsy Jokers Motorcycle Club racketeering, murder case is man who dealt fatal blow, lawyer says

The star government witness in the torture-style killing of a former Gypsy Jokers Motorcycle Club member is the man who wielded the fatal blow with a baseball bat strike to the head, a defense lawyer said in court Thursday.

The prosecution’s case largely rests on the words of the actual murderer, Tiler Evan Pribbernow, who has cooperated with the government, said attorney Matthew Schindler, who represents one of the co-defendants in the case.

Schindler called it “outrageous” that prosecutors would allow Pribbernow to plead guilty to only racketeering to leverage his testimony against others. The deal allows Pribbernow to avoid accountability for the killing and save his own life by avoiding a potential death sentence, the lawyer said.

“Tiler Pribbernow did it because he’s a lunatic. That’s why,” Schindler said. “We’ve seen one witness statement, and that statement is the statement of the murderer. … He killed this guy.”

Thu
14
Feb
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National president of Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club released pending trial in racketeering conspiracy case

A federal judge Thursday ordered the release of Kenneth Earl Hause, the 61-year-old national president of the Gypsy Jokers Outlaw Motorcycle Club, who is charged in an alleged racketeering conspiracy.

But U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones placed Hause on home detention with electric monitoring and said he must resign immediately from his role as leader of the motorcycle gang and not associate with any current or former Gypsy Joker members as he awaits trial.

Hause’s defense lawyer, Todd Bofferding, called his client a "man of honor'' and described him as an ailing grandfather who has the widespread support of his local community in Aumsville -- from the chief of police to waitresses in the small Marion County town of about 3,580 people.

Hause also can’t get the medical care he needs in jail for his congenital heart failure, Bofferding said. Though he has a past criminal record, it’s old and he hasn’t been convicted of a crime in 15 years, his lawyer said.

Thu
31
Jan
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Six people involved with Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club face charges including racketeering, kidnapping and murder

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Six members and associates of the Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club have been charged by a federal grand jury, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon.

The five-count superseding indictment includes charges of racketeering, kidnapping and murder.

Those charged include:

 
  • Kenneth Earl Hause, 61 of Aumsville, who is the GJOMC National President
  • Mark Leroy Dencklau, 58 of Woodburn
  • Earl Deverle Fisher, 48 of Gresham
  • Ryan Anthony Negrinelli, 36 of Gresham
  • Jospeh Duane Folkerts 61 of Battleground

A sixth defendant was not named. All are members and associates of the club and are charged with conspiring to conduct and participate in the activities of a racketeering enterprise.

Tue
27
Nov
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Motorcycle gang member pleads guilty to conspiracy charge; murder charge dismissed

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A member of a motorcycle gang who was facing charges including murder pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to conduct and participate in activities of a racketeering enterprise.

Tiler Evan Pribbernow of Portland pleaded guilty in court Nov. 7. His additional charges including murder and kidnapping will be dismissed as part of his plea agreement.

Pribbernow, along with Mark Leroy Dencklau of Woodburn and Earl Deverle Fisher of Gresham, were indicted by a federal grand jury in July.

 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon alleged the men kidnapped and murdered Robert Huggins in 2015 to “maintain and advance their positions” in the Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club.

Fri
13
Jul
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3 Gypsy Jokers indicted in 2015 kidnap-murder

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Three people connected with the Gypsy Jokers Outlaw Motorcycle Club were indicted for the conspiracy kidnap and murder of Robert Huggins, whose body was dumped in a Clark County field in 2015.

Mark Leroy Dencklau of Woodburn, Earl Deverle Fisher of Gresham and Tiler Evan Pribbernow of Portland are accused of kidnapping and murdering Huggins to "advance their positions" in the gang, the US Attorney's Office said in a release. 

The three were indicted June 28, but the indictment was unsealed Friday. 

Fri
22
Dec
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Driver sentenced in May crash that killed 3 motorcyclists

 PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon woman was sentenced to nearly 2 years in prison for the wreck that killed three motorcycle riders in May.
 
The East Oregonian reports 50-year-old Lisa Niehaus pleaded guilty last month to multiple assault charges and three counts of criminally negligent homicide.
 
Authorities say Niehaus was driving on state Highway 19 near Fossil in Central Oregon when she crossed into the oncoming lane traffic, striking a group of motorcycle riders.
 
Authorities say the collision killed two riders and a third died a week later. Six more people were injured. About 45 members of the Gypsy Jokers Motorcycle Club were on the road heading to a local rally.
 
Neihaus says she was blinded by the motorcycle headlights. Prosecutors say there were other distractions.

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02
Dec
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Hundreds of motorcyclists parade through Portland for toy run

(pic gallery)--Hundreds of black-clad Christmas themed motorcyclists traveled in a roaring motorcade Saturday to give toys to children during the 38th annual ABATE Shriners Toy Run at Shriners Hospital in Southwest Portland.

The event began with motorcyclists socializing and holding a raffle in the parking lot of the Fred Meyer Corporate Center, Southeast 22nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard. Raffle tickets were $10 and the winner received a Harley Davidson. Additional proceeds from the raffle went to Shriners Children Hospital. 

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