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 Hells Angels in the United States
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Hells Angels Ex-Leader Sentenced For $10 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme
By Julia La Roche, Business Insider, Friday, January 20, 2012

A former Hells Angels chapter leader was caught duping banks into giving him mortgage loans so he could buy land to grow marijuana, the Associated Press reported citing prosecutors.

Raymond Foakes (a.k.a. "Ray Ray"), the former president of the Sonoma County Hells Angels, pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering, the AP reported.

Ray Ray will now spend almost six years in prison for orchestrating a $10 million mortgage fraud scheme, the report said. He will also have to cough up $1 million in restitution.

Of course, this jeopardizes the motor cycle gang former leader's ability to particpate in the Sonoma chapters upcoming events such as 13th Annual St. Patty's Day Run.

Still, it looks like his fellow bretheren at the Hells Angels support him.

Here's what the Hells Angels have to say about their brother:

On Friday morning, June 2, 2006, The FBI raided the Hells Angels Sonoma County Clubhouse along with 5 other locations, including the home of Chapter President, Raymond (Ray Ray) Foakes. NOt at home at the time of the raids, Ray Ray was immediately deemed a "Federal Fugitive."

The Media labeled him a danger to society.

On June 7th, Ray Ray turned himself over to the FBI at the Federal Building in San Francisco. Not what would be expected of a man labeled a Flight Risk, much less a Danger to Society.

Rather the actions of a man who has nothing to hide and who has confidence in the fact that he IS an innocent man.

We have done our own Media coverage and below is a link with Video Documentary of Ray Ray at the Federal Building.

Ray Ray has nothing to hide and Ray Ray is a Political Prisoner.
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Hells Angel member sentenced to 35 years to life

By Raul Hernandez
February 3, 2012

A member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club who has four felony "strike" convictions was sentenced Friday to 35 years to life in prison.

Lawyers representing Thomas Heath, 64, asked the judge to give their client 17 years in prison. Heath was convicted of dissuading a victim and street terrorism.

Attorney Adam Pearlman asked Ventura County Superior Judge David Hirsch to consider Heath's age and health when sentencing the Ventura resident.

Prosecutor Tate McCallister, however, said the court should consider Heath's "horrible" criminal history, including a violent crime that killed a 15-year-old boy.

"We shouldn't be engaging in arithmetic to gauge his life expectancy," he told the judge.

Pearlman said the judge could have sentenced his client to 105 years to life but chose the lesser punishment mandated by law with all the strikes.

"I don't fault Judge Hirsch at all," Pearlman said.

Heath has already hired attorney Anthony Zinnanti, who sat at the defense table, to appeal his case.

On Nov. 22, 2010, Heath was living with a woman who told him to move out of the home, McCallister said. Heath refused and threatened to kill her and her son. He also said the Hells Angels would harm the woman. McCallister said that when police arrived, Heath threatened the woman again and was arrested.

In an interview, Pearlman said this trial had nothing to do with the Hells Angels but that 80 percent of the evidence and testimony was about the motorcycle club.

"And, they made it a gang case," he said. "The Hells Angels were on trial."

The judge found true that Heath was convicted in 1994 of two counts of second-degree murder in Los Angeles County in connection with the 1977 bombing of an auto shop run by a rival motorcycle gang, the Mongols. McCallister said the blast killed a 15-year-old boy and 22-year-old man. Heath was sentenced to seven years in prison for that crime.

In 1992, Heath was convicted of brutally beating his wife and was sentenced to seven years for assault with a deadly weapon and dissuading a witness by threats, prosecutors said.
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Guilty verdict in murder of Hells Angels leader
By Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, February 24, 2012

A member of a motorcycle club has been convicted of murdering the leader of the San Francisco Hells Angels chapter.

Christopher Ablett, 39, was convicted Wednesday by a jury in U.S. District Court in San Francisco of murder in aid of racketeering and three gun charges in the 2008 slaying of Mark "Papa" Guardado, head of the Hells Angels' "Frisco" chapter.

Authorities said Ablett was a member of the Modesto chapter of the Mongols motorcycle club, a rival group to the Hells Angels.

Ablett traveled to San Francisco on Sept. 2, 2008, to visit a friend, armed with a foot-long military knife and a .357 Magnum revolver, federal prosecutors said.

Word got to Guardado, 46, that Ablett was at a bar near 24th Street and Treat Avenue in the Mission District, wearing a Mongols full-patch vest.

Guardado went to the bar, a fight broke out, and Ablett stabbed Guardado four times and shot him twice, authorities said.

Witnesses told police that the killer rode away on a motorcycle. Police later searched the home in Modesto where Ablett, a freelance electrician, lived with his parents and his two children and seized a 2005 Harley-Davidson.

Ablett turned himself in to police in Oklahoma a month later.

During the trial, Ablett testified that he had killed Guardado to protect himself and his friends. Prosecutors argued that Ablett had killed Guardado to boost his standing with the Mongols.

Ablett faces three life terms in prison when he is sentenced May 15.
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Gilroy biker's lawyer: Vagos is a gang, Hells Angels is a club

Feb 27, 2012

Lawyers for a Gilroy Hells Angels member charged in connection with a fatal shootout at a Nevada casino say he should be tried separately from two members of the rival Vagos gang partly because the Vagos are a criminal gang and the Hells Angels a legitimate motorcycle club.

Cesar Villagrana, 36, of Gilroy, is accused of shooting two Vagos members during the Sept. 23, 2011 gun battle.

Villagrana won't get a fair trial if the same jury decides his fate along with the two other Vagos members accused in the killing of Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew, who was president of the Hells Angels chapter in San Jose, his lawyers said in court filings last week.

Attorney David Chesnoff of Las Vegas said a confidential witness who identified himself as a 27-year, high-ranking member of the Vagos testified before a Washoe County grand jury in November that the Vagos are a gang.

That witness, who has left the Vagos and now is in a protection program, said the Vagos were involved in significant criminal activities, including murder, rape, robbery and drug trafficking, Chesnoff noted.

"If this information is presented at trial," Chesnoff wrote in a motion to sever the trial, "it would be clearly prejudicial to Mr. Villagrana because the jury may be led to believe that all motorcycle clubs operate the way the Vagos club does."

However, Deputy District Attorney Karl Hall said the Hells Angels do operate that way.

"Each gang has relatively equal gang history," he wrote in an opposition motion. "If anything, the Hells Angels criminality is more prolific."

Chesnoff said Villagrana "responded to an onslaught of violence in self-defense" at John Ascuaga's hotel-casino in Sparks and was minimally involved compared to the other two men he's scheduled to stand trial with on Oct. 29 before Washoe District Judge Connie Steinheimer.

Ernesto Gonzalez, 53, the president of the Vagos chapter in Nicaragua who lives in San Francisco, is accused of fatally shooting Pettigrew in the back. He's the only one of three defendants formally charged with murder.

Villagrana and Gary Rudnick, the vice president of the Vagos Los Angeles chapter who is accused of instigating the fracas with his taunting of Pettigrew, both are charged with conspiracy to engage in an affray and challenge to fight resulting in death.

Under Nevada law, the challenge to fight charge is equivalent to first-degree murder and carries the same maximum possible penalty of life in prison.

Under conspiracy and aiding and abetting theories, Villagrana is responsible for the death of Pettigrew, Hall said.

Villagrana is free on a $300,000 bail bond, while the other two men remain jailed.

Hall said trying the three together would save time and money. With two trials, most of the same witnesses would have to testify twice and each trial would require costly, heavy security, he said.

Chesnoff said Villagrana can't get a fair trial if his legal team has to sit at the same defense table with the public defenders representing the Vagos members because both sides inevitably will claim the other was responsible for the melee.

"For the jury to believe one version of events, it will necessarily have to disbelieve the other, thereby precluding acquittal of one of the defendants," he said. "It will therefore be unnecessary for the prosecution to prove anything. The Vagos will prosecute the Hells Angels and the Hells Angels will prosecute the Vagos."

The confidential witness told the grand jury that Rudnick, nicknamed "Jabbers," was responsible for provoking a fight with Pettigrew that turned the casino floor into a shooting gallery.

Chesnoff said that while it may have appeared Rudnick initially was a one-on-one aggressor toward Pettigrew, "the ensuing altercation erupted into what was actually a larger-scale, pre-meditated attack by Vagos members on Hells Angels members."

"The state's theory that the Hells Angels and the Vagos somehow conspired together or aided and abetted each other in the commission of the fight makes no sense," he said.

Hall said there was a conspiracy because Rudnick effectively invited Pettigrew to fight, Pettigrew accepted and members of each gang understood their obligation to join in.

"Steeped in gang culture," Hall said, "each group willingly entered into battle."
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Ex-Hells Angel member to be charged in shooting a Hells Angel member at a San Jose funeral

By Lisa Fernandez
02/27/2012

A man arrested at a Fremont motel Saturday in connection with the shooting death of a Hells Angel member is expected to be charged with homicide Wednesday at Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Steven Ruiz, 38, is expected to face charges that he killed Steve Tausan on Oct. 15 while both were attending the Oak Hill Cemetery service of San Jose Hells Angel chapter president Jeff "Jethro" Pettigrew. Pettigrew was fatally shot in a Nevada casino a month earlier, allegedly by a member of the rival Vagos gang.

Pettigrew and Tausan were close friends.

A Hells Angel named Boston Ron called this newspaper Monday to say that Ruiz is now considered an ex-Hells Angel, stemming from Tausan's shooting death.

No motive has been revealed in Tausan's killing. Sources have previously said a fist fight erupted between Tausan and Ruiz at the funeral, where Ruiz allegedly drew a hangun, shot Tausan and fled.

San Jose police have been looking for Ruiz since the funeral, which was attended by about 3,000 Hells Angels supporters and was being watched closely by police. Ruiz evaded capture until Saturday about 7:30 p.m. at the Days Inn Motel on Warms Springs Boulevard in Fremont.

A manager there who asked that his name not be used said a man who identified himself as "John Ruiz of Livermore" checked into the motel at 4:37 p.m. on Saturday with a woman. When police arrived about three hours later and showed a picture of Ruiz, the manager confirmed a man that fit that description was in one of the rooms. "Mostly we are a business motel and don't have people from the Bay Area staying here," the manager said.

Ruiz came out and surrendered to police, the manager said. He is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail.

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Mesa Hells Angel gets 23 years for murder

Mesa felon helped kill woman who criticized notorious bikers in 2001

by JJ Hensley - Mar. 29, 2012
The Republic | azcentral.com

A Mesa Hells Angel was sentenced to more than 23 years in prison Thursday for his role in a 2001 murder linked to a botched federal investigation of the motorcycle club.

Kevin Augustiniak, 33, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last year for his role in the October 2001 slaying of 44-year-old Cynthia Garcia, who was stabbed numerous times and nearly decapitated in the desert after she made disparaging remarks about the Hells Angels at their Mesa clubhouse.

Garcia's family pleaded with Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Reinstein to impose on Augustiniak the maximum possible punishment, which was 25 years in prison under the terms of his plea agreement.

"I just want justice," said Garcia's daughter, Angela Ruiz, who was 11 when her mother was murdered.

"I want him to get the maximum because he's still breathing and my mom's gone," she said.

But Augustiniak's family told Reinstein he was about to punish the wrong person for the crime, insisting that a federal informant had committed the murder. Michael C. Kramer was an informant for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who did not reveal his role in Garcia's murder until he was working as a paid operative for the government. Kramer received five years' probation for Garcia's murder.

"The Garcia family is not having the truth said here today," Augustiniak's father, Daniel, told the court. "My son didn't have the trial he's supposed to have, didn't have the lawyer he's supposed to have."

Augustiniak's family believes that he was coerced by his former lawyer to sign a plea agreement and that state and federal prosecutors and investigators have worked together to cover up the ATF's mistakes in handling Kramer as an informant, focusing instead on putting Augustiniak behind bars.

A new lawyer represented Augustiniak on Thursday, saying too much of the state's case relies on statements Kramer made after he became a cooperating witness for the government.

Augustiniak will receive more than six years' credit for time served in county jail, but he received no credit for two years he spent in a federal prison while prosecutors attempted to solidify their racketeering case against the Hells Angels.

Augustiniak was charged with the murder in a 2003 federal indictment that also accused 15 others of crimes including racketeering, drug trafficking and violence related to the motorcycle club.

But problems began to emerge as the case made its way through court. The ATF's Operation Black Biscuit sent agents to infiltrate the Hells Angels over a 21-month period in one of the agency's largest undercover operations. It resulted in the indictments of 16 members associated with the club, including Augustiniak and Paul Eischeid in Garcia's murder.

Federal agents initially described Operation Black Biscuit as one of the most successful infiltrations of the biker club. But the case started to fall apart after disputes began to emerge between federal prosecutors and ATF agents. There were also problems with the roles undercover informants played in the investigation.

Half of those originally indicted were given plea deals on lesser charges, and federal charges against five other defendants, including Augustiniak, were dismissed.

Most of the bikers could have faced life terms in prison under the original indictment, but plea deals dictated that none serve more than five years in prison.

Augustiniak, who served 10 months in prison for aggravated assault in 2004 and 2005, was reindicted in Garcia's murder in 2007.

Eischeid remains in Argentina, where he was captured last year. The U.S. Marshals Service and the Justice Department are continuing to work with the Argentine government to coordinate extradition.

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About HA's supporter mc club Red Devils. From 2003.

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Hells Angels leader sentenced for home loan fraud
By Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, April 6, 2012

A second Hells Angels leader from the North Bay has been sentenced to federal prison for home loan fraud.

Josh Leo Johnson, 36, of Santa Rosa, vice president of the motorcycle club's Sonoma chapter, was given a one-year sentence Wednesday in San Francisco by U.S. District Judge William Alsup, with the first six months to be spent in prison and the rest in home detention. Alsup also ordered him to pay $130,000 in restitution to the lender, Sun Trust Mortgage.

Johnson pleaded guilty in December to making false statements about his finances to get a loan for a home in Healdsburg in 2007. He lived in the home briefly before selling it.

His lawyer, Brendan Conroy, said in court papers that Johnson has worked for a construction company since 1998 and had no criminal convictions between that year and the current case.

Johnson was one of seven defendants indicted in September on charges of conspiring to defraud banks by falsifying loan applications for real estate in San Francisco and several North Bay communities in 2006 and 2007.

Raymond Foakes, a former president of the Hells Angels Sonoma chapter, pleaded guilty to fraud and money-laundering and was sentenced to nearly six years in prison by Alsup in January. The lead defendant, mortgage broker Jacob Moynihan of San Francisco, has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to arrange more than $10 million in fraudulent home loans.
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Hells Angel gets 15 years for gun

Possession charge followed robberies, assault

Updated: Friday, 27 Apr 2012, 2:17 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 27 Apr 2012, 2:17 PM EDT
By Bill Tomison

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - An admitted member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club will serve fifteen years in federal prison for being a felon found in possession of a firearm.

Christian A. Rufino, 42, of Brewster, NY, was arrested in December 2009 on a routine traffic stop in Cranston. He pleaded guilty in August of last year.

Thursday, a district court judge in Providence sentenced Rufino to 180 months behind bars, as well as 5 years of supervised release to follow, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Rufino was convicted previously on three different crimes:
•1998: Armed robbery with intent to murder (Massachusetts)
•1995: Assault and battery with dangerous weapon (Massachusetts)
•1990: Bank robbery by force, violence and intimidation (Maine)

In the 2009 case, a Cranston Police officer stopped a rental car being driven by Rufino on Interstate 95 for speeding. While questioning him, the officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana, and took him out of the vehicle. A search of the car turned up a small bag of cocaine -- as well as a loaded .38 caliber handgun and ammunition from the car's trunk.
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Colors banned at NV biker rally after gang killing
Associated Press, Mercury News, May 30, 2012

SPARKS, Nev.—The Nevada hotel-casino where a brawl between rival motorcycle gangs erupted into a fatal shootout in September has a new rule for anyone attending this weekend's spring Street Vibrations rally in downtown Sparks: check your colors at the door.

Stephen Ascuaga, executive vice president at John Ascuaga's Nugget says the new rule is the direct result of last year's gun battle that claimed the life of the president of the Hells Angels chapter in San Jose, Calif.

Casino spokeswoman Beth Cooney told the Reno Gazette-Journal the ban extends to all clubs, not just those tied to gang activity.

Reno Deputy Police Chief Mike Whan said police can't enforce a colors ban but most downtown casinos there also seem to be on board with a voluntary prohibition.
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Feds arrest Hells Angels members on racketeering and drug charges
KLTV, June 7, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Federal, state and local law enforcement officers raided almost two dozen homes in North and South Carolina Wednesday in search of several members and associates of the Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter of the Hells Angels after a two-year investigation into the motorcycle club's dealings.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles and FBI Special Agent in Charge David A. Thomas announced Wednesday morning that hundreds of officers arrested approximately 20 individuals Wednesday after the return of a 91-count indictment charging members and associates with racketeering and racketeering conspiracy.

The arrest warrants were served along with the execution of 23 search warrants around 6 a.m. in North and South Carolina. During the operation, law enforcement seized methamphatamine, cocaine, marijuana, pills and approximately 100 firearms, including 2 automatic machine guns.

Prosecutors said in an 80-page indictment that members of this "criminal enterprise" engaged in money laundering, arson, and drug selling.

Federal authorities would not release exact locations of the raids. WIS confirmed that one of those raids happened in Gilbert on Summit Estates Ct. Agents on the scene would not comment, but there was significant damage to a mobile home on the property. Neighbors in that area reported being awakened by a loud blast in the early morning.

According to the indictment, The Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter of the Hells Angels had a support motorcycle club named the Red Devils Motorcycle Club (RDMC). The RDMC River City Chapter utilized a clubhouse at 5622 Highway 302 in West Columbia. Support clubs, according to prosecutors, are feeder clubs for the main Hells Angels chapters.

Those arrested were:

•Daniel Eugene Bifield, a/k/a Diamond Dan (Leesville)
•Somying Anderson, a/k/a Ying (West Columbia)
•Bruce James Long, a/k/a Bruce-Bruce (West Columbia)
•James Frederick Keach, Jr., a/k/a Big Fred (Pelion)
•Lisa Ellen Bifield, a/k/a Lisa Ellen Meyers, Lisa Ellen Stockton (Leesville)
•Trent Allen Brown (West Columbia)
•Bruce Ranson Wilson, a/k/a Diesel (Swansea)
•Mark William Baker, a/k/a Lightning (Lancaster)
•David Channing Oiler, a/k/a Gravel Dave (Lancaster)
•Richard Thrower, a/k/a Little Mark, Rat (Lancaster)
•David Pryor, a/k/a Yard Owl (York)
•Frank Enriquez, Jr., a/k/a Big Frank (Rock Hill)
•Donald Boersma, a/k/a Brooklyn Donnie (Clover)
•Johanna Looper, a/k/a JoJo (York)
•Thomas McManus Plyler, a/k/a Uncle Tom (Rock Hill)
•Jamie Hobbs Long (Lancaster)
•Kerry Chitwood (Gastonia, North Carolina)
•Carlos Hernandez (Charlotte, North Carolina)
•Ronald Dean Byrum, Jr., a/k/a Big Ron (Gastonia, North Carolina)

"The significance of the extensive and long-term investigative efforts that resulted in the arrests today represent the FBI's continuing commitment to the dismantling of organized criminal organizations," said Thomas. "By working in a joint environment with federal, state and local counterparts, we send a clear message that such pervasive criminal activities will not be tolerated."

The arrests follow a two-year interagency investigation by the South Carolina Hells Angels Task Force (SCHATF). Assisting in the investigation and Wednesday's operation were the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Columbia and Charlotte Field Divisions, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Lexington County Sheriff's Department, Lexington Police Department, Rock Hill Police Department, York County Sheriff's Office, Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, State Law Enforcement Division, Gastonia, Police Department, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Gaston County Sheriff's Office and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

"Today's arrests and seizures are an important step in our ongoing fight against criminal gangs operating in South Carolina," said Nettles. "This investigation is also another example of what can be accomplished through a close partnership among local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies."

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay N. Richardson.
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Biker groups sue Las Vegas police, saying civil rights violated
By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times, June 26, 2012

LAS VEGAS – They have names such as the Mongols, Stray Cats, Vagos and Bandidos, and they’re fighting mad.

Several biker groups have sued Las Vegas and North Las Vegas police in federal court over civil rights violations, alleging systematic harassment by police.

The lawsuit was filed one day after members of the Mongols motorcycle group wrapped up a three-day national meeting in suburban Boulder City that brought police out in force to keep the peace.

In papers filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, an attorney representing members of the Mongols and other clubs allege that law enforcement pressured bars and hotels in Las Vegas to cancel events with members of the Mongols and the Vagos.

Police also improperly detained a member of the Stray Cats group; defamed a member of the Bandidos biker group who was fired from his job as a paramedic; and falsely arrested another Bandidos member, the lawsuit alleges.

Stephen Stubbs, a Las Vegas tax attorney who represents members of several biker clubs, told the Los Angeles Times last week prior to the Mongols meeting in Boulder City that the Mongols are not a gang and that they deserve to be left in peace to hold their meeting.

"It's going to be like a family reunion, with brothers who haven't seen each other in a long time getting together and then going home. An enormous police presence just isn't necessary," he said, adding, “The Mongols motorcycle club is not a criminal organization – it is not a gang."

Las Vegas police said they can't comment on pending litigation, but authorities say the Mongols and Hells Angels have a history of violence in southern Nevada.

In 2002, three bikers were killed in a Mongols-Hells Angels clash inside a casino in nearby Laughlin. Six years later, the gangs brawled in a Las Vegas wedding chapel and two bikers were stabbed. Both lived.

Stubbs told the Associated Press on Tuesday: “These motorcyclists have the same constitutional rights as anyone else.... If the police aren't going to honor those rights, where is this country going?”

Stubbs said the lawsuit was not a response to the police actions in Boulder City. There, officers issued numerous jaywalking and driving summonses, and Boulder City Police Chief Tom Finn reported several misdemeanor arrests.

The suit, filed on behalf of a group called the Southern Nevada Confederation of Clubs and 78 individual plaintiffs, seeks nearly $12 million in damages from the two police departments, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie and 15 Las Vegas Metropolitan and North Las Vegas police officers.
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Blood, Drugs, and Guns at Chapel After Biker Fight
CBS Las Vegas, July 27, 2012

The State presented witnesses this week in its prosecution of 8 men associated with the Hells Angels, on charges stemming from a rumble with the Mongols motorcycle club at a Las Vegas wedding chapel in 2008.

The fight involved 13 members and friends of the Hells Angels attending a wedding where Mongol members arrived for a different wedding scheduled for later the same day.

On Friday, Metro police officer Joel Albert took the stand to guide the jury through photos of the fight scene taken by police at A Special Memory wedding chapel. Dozens of photos showed blood on the floor and doorways, broken and blood-stained items, and a small zipper pouch containing drugs that was left near a chapel pew.

Testimony revealed guns were also impounded from the scene. Except for decorative items belonging to the chapel, the ownership of the impounded items isn’t clear.

Two members of the Mongols wedding party testified about the events leading up to the fight and the ensuing melee, which they claim was an unprovoked attack by the Hells Angels and friends.

The defense claims the Hells Angels and friends were fending off an attack, fearful of the Mongols after the murder several months earlier of San Francisco Hells Angels President Mark “Papa” Guardado by a Mongol.

Former Mongol Eugene Formica was stabbed in the chest during the fight. He testified that he was treasurer and sergeant-at-arms of his Mongols club, but quit the club when he was released from the hospital, because being a Mongol no longer seemed worth it.

Formica also filed a civil lawsuit against the entity that owns wedding chapel, claiming management should have engaged security on the day of the wedding because the Hells Angels presented a threat. An employee of the chapel testified earlier in the week that she was not aware that it was a ”Hells Angels” wedding, according to an attorney who was present during the testimony.

Another witness, Tim Jameson, is a Harley Davidson employee who became friendly through his job with the groom in the Mongols wedding party. He testified that he attended the “black-and-white” wedding wearing Mongols colors because a member of the club asked him to, although he was not a member or a “prospect,” that is, a friend who is interested in becoming a member.

Jameson described the fight, including having seen Hells Angels lunging at Formica with a knife. Jameson did not see any guns, he said, and did not see any of the Mongols party using any weapons.

The prosecution is exected to continue its case through next week.
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Mistrial Declared in Hells Angels Case in Vegas
By Ken Ritter, Associated Press
ABC News, August 2, 2012

A state court judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in a felony attempted murder and gang activity case against eight Hells Angels stemming from a December 2008 brawl with rival Mongols motorcycle club members at a downtown Las Vegas wedding chapel.

Clark County District Court Judge Michael Villani ruled Wednesday that prosecutors failed to fully turn over to defense attorneys evidence including photographs and documents to be used during the trial, court officials and defense lawyers Tom Piraro and Chris Rasmussen said.

Prosecutors Chris Owens and Sonia Jimenez weren't immediately available for comment. An aide to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said a decision wasn't immediately made on whether to seek a retrial.

The judge's ruling was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It came on what would have been the seventh day of testimony in the trial of eight of 13 men who pleaded not guilty after their July 2010 indictment. Jury selection began July 16.

Five other alleged assailants are due to stand trial in coming weeks. Villani is scheduled to meet with prosecutors and defense attorneys Aug. 7, ahead of one scheduled trial Aug. 13.

Each of the 13 defendants is accused of attempted murder, battery, assault, conspiracy and taking part in activities of a criminal gang. Each has pleaded not guilty.

Defense attorneys say their clients were at A Special Memory Wedding Chapel to attend a wedding, and acted in self-defense when they unexpectedly encountered Mongols arriving for another wedding. Six people were hurt, including two who were stabbed.

No one was arrested immediately after the brawl. Police spent months developing the case before serving search warrants in November 2009 at six sites in and around Las Vegas and Henderson.

Hells Angels and Mongols have feuded for years, and tensions were high before the wedding chapel confrontation.

Three months earlier, in September 2008, a Mongols member in California killed the president of the Hells Angels' San Francisco chapter outside a Bay Area bar. The assailant in that case is now serving life without parole in federal prison.

The two outlaw motorcycle clubs also clashed at a 2002 motorcycle rally in Laughlin, a resort town about 100 miles southeast of Las Vegas. Two Hells Angels and one Mongol member died in a gunbattle inside a casino, and more than 12 people were injured.
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