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Member of Homietos motorcycle gang sentenced to federal prison

He is currently in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility that will be determined in the near future.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A veteran member of the Homietos outlaw motorcycle gang has been ordered to federal prison.

42-year-old Larry Torres of Corpus Christi pleaded guilty back in September. He was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On Monday Torres was sentenced to serve 121 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release. He is currently in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility that will be determined in the near future.

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County prosecutes Bandido member for riding with gun, license to carry

Should members of the Bandidos motorcycle club be allowed to carry a gun while riding? A local man is on trial in Milam county for doing just that.

MILAM COUNTY, Texas — Milam county went forward with prosecuting Patrick Lewis Vaden, a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, on Monday. This was after Vaden was accused of unlawfully carrying a weapon based on his affiliation with the Bandidos. 

Vaden was pulled over in Nov. of 2018 for going 67mph in a 60mph zone. He had a License To Carry and was carrying at the time of the stop.  

On Tuesday, just over 24 hours after jury selection, the case abruptly ended in a mistrial and an appeal. Defense attorney Kurt Glass told 6 News that Judge Steve Young ruled a mistrial after Glass refused to exclude a critical fact in the trial. 

"What we have to appeal is whether or not Mr. Vaden and his license to carry are able to be mentioned in front of the jury," Glass said. 

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Four members of Bandidos motorcycle gang arrested

Four members of Bandidos motorcycle gang arrested for conspiring to kill Texan biker rival who was attempting to launch chapter of Hell‘s Angels in Austin

Anthony Benesh, 44, was shot dead in 2006 in Texas after he tried to start a chapter of the motorcycle club Hell‘s Angeles in Austin 

Four members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang have been arrested for plotting to kill a man who was attempting to launch a Hell‘s Angels chapter in Austin, Texas.

Jesse James Benavides, Robert Romo, Norberto Serna and Johnny Romo were arrested and faced a San Antonio judge on Thursday on charges for the murder of Anthony Benesh in 2006.

Benesh was shot dead by a sniper nearly a decade ago, after the Bandidos motorcycle gang warned the 44-year-old against launching a rival Hell‘s Angels biker group in Austin, Texas. 

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Ex-firefighter linked to Bandidos fights to get job back

A Waco firefighter who lost his job in part over his ties to the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Club is fighting to be reinstated, saying he was unjustly terminated four years ago.

Dudley, a 13-year veteran with the Waco Fire Department, testified in an all-day hearing Tuesday in a third-party arbitration review of his termination in October 2015.

Dudley was arrested during a traffic stop in Tarrant County on May 12, 2015 and charged with unlawfully carrying an unconcealed weapon in his truck. Crowley police ran a safety check on Dudley and found that the Texas Department of Public Safety flagged him as a member of the Bandidos, which DPS classifies as a "criminal street gang."

The arrest occurred five days before a deadly shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco between the Bandidos and rival Cossacks motorcycle club.

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Corpus Christi motorcycle gang member gets 9 years in federal prison for shooting at man

A 37-year-old Corpus Christi motorcycle gang member was sentenced for federal charges. 

Billy Boortz, a member of the Homietos outlaw motorcycle gang and former Mexican Mafia gang member, pleaded guilty to unlawful ammunition possession on July 24, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

U.S. District Judge David Morales sentenced Boortz to nine years in prison followed by three years of supervised release, the release states.

"At the hearing, the court heard additional evidence that Boortz intentionally tried to murder the victim in this case," the release reads. "In handing down the sentence, the court noted Boortz fired his pistol directly at the victim, not in the air or at the ground, and that the offense would have constituted attempted second degree murder."

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Police arrest 9 of 10 wanted motorcycle gang members, one still at large

They are still searching for 51-year-old Manuel Hernandez, who is wanted for engaging in organized criminal activity and robbery.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Corpus Christi Police Department Gang Unit spearheaded a multi-agency operation that resulted in several gang members' arrests. 

Police said the operation apprehended the following Outlaw Motorcycle Gang members and associates for engaging in organized criminal activity and robbery: 39-year-old Ernesto Benavides, 39-year-old Francisco Jorge Natal O'Conner, 28-year-old Joshua Lee Rivas, 38-year-old Mark Anthony Caton, 39-year-old Mark Cadena, 17-year-old Nathan Iruegas, 43-year-old Nathan Nichols, 39-year-old Romeo Trevino, and 55-year-old Mark Edward Mandel.

According to police, the charges are based on an assault and robbery involving a rival Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member at a Coastal Bend business.

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Multiple gang members arrested in multi-agency operation

Several Alice men were arrested on Thursday, Oct. 31 as part of an outlaw motorcycle gang operation during a multi-agency operation.

Romeo Trevino, Mark Edward Mandel, Ernesto Benavides, Francisco Jorge Natal O’Conner, Joshua Lee Rivas, Mark Antony Caton, Mark Cadena, Nathan Iruegas and Nathan Nichols were picked by during the operation. Several of these men, who range from the age of 17 to 55, are associated with the gang known as the Mongols, according to sources.

According to Corpus Christi Police Department, the operation apprehended the outlaw motorcycle gang members and associates for engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony, and robbery, a second-degree felony.

The operation and charges were based on an assault and robbery that involved a rival outlaw motorcycle gang member at a local business, according to CCPD.

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As bikers rally, police cast wary eye on 'outlaws'


As thousands of motorcyclists roll into Galveston for the weekend’s massive Lone Star Rally, it appears some bikers are being watched rather closely.

Throughout the day Friday, radio traffic on local police channels squawked with descriptions of colors displayed by groups of people riding toward the island and the size of the groups arriving.

The speakers, who could not be identified on the scanners, regularly described the movements of people they had marked as possible members of what law enforcement considers to be outlaw motorcycle clubs.

“There’s two Bandidos center-lane coming up to the Texas City Wye,” a voice on the scanner said at 12:39 p.m., before noting there was “no PC,” or probable cause, to stop them.

Throughout the afternoon, more sightings came.

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Central Texas biker clubs call for anti-discrimination law

The Sons of Liberty Motorcycle club is calling on local bikers to advocate to the public for their clubs, and help support anti-profiling legislation.

(video) --- MILAM COUNTY, Texas — The Sons of Liberty Motorcycle Club is calling on their riders to help change public perception, and ultimately state law, to prevent club riders from being profiled as criminals. 

Dozens of bikers rallied at the Milam County courthouse Saturday after a local biker was arrested and changed with unlicensed carrying of a weapon. 

Court documents show Patrick Vaden had a hearing in Milam County on that charge in September.

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Brothers East or B*EAST: Who are they?

(video) --- LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) -Seven people were arrested this week in connection with ATM thefts in the area. They were said to be members of an outlaw motorcycle gang most people around here had never heard about.

Local law enforcement officers say Brothers East or B*EAST is an outlaw motorcycle gang that started in Channelview, Texas about four years ago.

Calcasieu Sheriff’s gang expert, Captain Robbie Broussard, says Brothers East gang has about 200 members and allegedly engages in mostly property crimes.

“Thefts, motorcycle thefts, firearms and drugs,” says Broussard.

He says they do not have a foothold here and likely never will.