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High-ranking Bandidos member tied to 2006 Austin killing sentenced to life in prison

The former national vice president of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club received two consecutive life sentences and an additional 20 years in federal prison on Monday following his conviction in May on drug trafficking and racketeering charges.

John Xavier Portillo, 59, was also ordered to surrender his motorcycle, three firearms and nearly $18,000 in cash that were seized in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Portillo, along with Bandidos’ national president Jeffrey Fay Pike, 63, was convicted on more than a dozen counts, including some in connection with the killing of Anthony Benesh, who was trying to start a Texas Chapter of the Hell’s Angels, a rival club, in Austin. 

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San Antonio man, the Bandidos one-time second in command, could get life in prison

(photo gallery) --- The Bandidos Motorcycle Club’s former second in command, a San Antonio man who directed the biker group’s violent racketeering enterprise, including drug dealing, extortion, beatings and murder, is expected to be sentenced Monday to life in prison.

Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra is scheduled to sentence John Xavier Portillo, the national vice president of the Bandidos, at a morning hearing. Portillo, 58, served as second in command for national president Jeffrey Fay Pike, 62, of Conroe, who led the club for more than a decade.

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Suspected Mongol member involved in fight at Fort Worth hotel bar, police say

FORT WORTH

A fight erupted early Sunday at a hotel bar involving a suspected Mongol biker member that drew the attention of 10 patrol cars, but no serious injuries were reported, police said.

In addition, police said Sunday no arrests were made.

Police have been on high alert this weekend after agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives alerted local authorities the motorcycle gang had a rally planned in the city.

The Mongols have been called the “most violent and dangerous” outlaw motorcycle gang in the nation, according to the Department of Justice website.
 

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Who are the Mongols anyway? Here’s what the biker club says about being in Fort Worth

(video) --- On Saturday night, members of the Mongols motorcycle gang stood outside a bar in the Fort Worth Stockyards, talking with bar employees and passersby.

A woman across the street appeared to take a picture of the four men, who were all wearing black leather vests with patches saying “Mongols” and “Lifetime member.”

Two of them, one of whom introduced himself as Blade, yelled across the street.

“Wait, take another one!” he said, posing with his arm around another member and smiling broadly.

The woman put her phone down and walked away.

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Motorcycle Clubs are breaking the "outlaw" stereotype

Motorcycle clubs meet at the VFW every Thursdays

SAN ANGELO, TX - Motorcycle Clubs are breaking the "outlaw" stereotype that has been pinned to them.

The Club Manager at VFW, Janet Sheppard, says, "I've been asked many times why I let the motorcycle clubs hang out at the VFW. Most of the times the people in these motorcycle clubs are either active duty or veterans, and the VFW is there home."

As non-members of the American Motorcyclist Association, and incidents, such as the shootout involving MC affiliates in Waco, Texas, are some of the things that created the outlaw stereotype of motorcycle clubs.

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Due to possible rally by Mongols motorcycle gang, police to beef up Stockyards presence

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Police say they’ll beef up their presence in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards this weekend after an ATF warning that the Mongols motorcycle gang is likely planning a rally there that could draws hundreds of members of the notoriously violent gang.

The Mongols have been called the “most violent and dangerous” outlaw motorcycle gang in the nation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, according to the Department of Justice website.

An ATF intelligence note has been circulating in Fort Worth, warning that authorities are highly confident that the Mongols are planning a “run” in the Stockyards this weekend. The notice, copies of which were sent to the Star-Telegram, states that the gang members are expected to start arriving late Thursday and that there could be anywhere from 300 to 700 bikers.

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Trio of Abilene Bandido bikers accused of violently robbing rival club member

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - A trio of Bandido bikers was arrested for allegedly violently robbing a rival club member who drove through their 'turf' while wearing the rival club's vest. 

Daniel Machado, Justin Aldava, and Jesse Trevino were all arrested Wednesday and charged with Aggravated Robbery in connection to the incident that took place in July of 2018. They have all been released from jail after posting a $150,000 bond each.

Court documents state the victim was riding near the Bandido Motorcycle clubhouse on the 1300 block of Butternut Street when he noticed three bikers - later identified as Machado, Alvada, and Trevino - leave the clubhouse and start to follow him. 

He sped up, but the documents say the trio kept going, kicking him in the back when they reached him and eventually cutting him off and stopping his path, forcing him to turn into a small parking lot

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5 arrested in connection to July assault at 5 Points Bistro

EL PASO, Texas - Police arrested and charged five suspects in connection to a July 15, 2018 assault at 5 Points Bistro.

Five alleged members of the Heathens Horde Motorcycle Club allegedly got into a fight with members of the Valley Boys Motorcycle Club at the restaurant, located at 3019 Montana. 

Police said 45-year-old Charles Edward Anderson Jr., 43-year-ol Jennifer Anderson, 37-year-old Willie Morales, 44-year-old Keith Eleazar Loera and 29-year-old Sharl Lynn Pease assaulted five men and three women. 

Anderson is charged with five counts of Aggravated Assault wtih a Deadly Weapon, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Injury to a Disabled Person. 

Jennifer Anderson is facing two counts of Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury andAggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Morales is facing two counts of Assault, a single count of Aggravated Assault, Injury to Disabled Person and Unlawful Possession of Metal or Body Amour by a Felon.

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Twin Peaks defendant asks for postponement of Aug. 27 trial

An attorney for the next Twin Peaks shootout defendant scheduled for trial asked a judge Friday to postpone his trial date, set now for Aug. 27.

Judge Ralph Strother of Waco’s 19th State District Court, who was perturbed by the 11th-hour request, took the matter under advisement and set another hearing for biker Tom Modesto Mendez for Aug. 13.

Mendez, the Bandidos San Antonio chapter president, is represented by Mark Metzger, of Galveston. Mendez is charged with riot, a first-degree felony, in the May 2015 biker brawl at Twin Peaks that left nine dead and 20 injured.

Metzger and prosecutors Staci Scaman, Hilary LaBorde and Gabrielle Massey conferred with Strother in his chambers before Strother emerged to announce the defense requested a continuance in the 3-year-old case.

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State, Carrizal seek delay in Twin Peaks shootout retrial

Prosecutors and an attorney for Jacob Carrizal have agreed to postpone the retrial of the Twin Peaks biker shootout defendant, which had been set for Sept. 10.

In a joint motion for a continuance, Robert Moody, McLennan County first assistant district attorney, and Chris Lewis, Carrizal’s attorney, cite the volume of evidence Lewis needs more time to review, plus evidence federal prosecutors have agreed to share from the trial of two former Bandidos national leaders that both sides want to see.

Lewis signed on to represent Carrizal, the Dallas Bandidos chapter president, shortly after Carrizal’s first trial ended in a hung jury and mistrial in November. Carrizal is the first and only Twin Peaks defendant to stand trial so far in the May 2015 shootout that left nine dead and 20 wounded. He initially was represented by Casie Gotro, of Houston, who withdrew from the case after the mistrial.

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