A federal jury in the Eastern District of Virginia has convicted three members and the national president of a violent motorcycle gang known as the American Outlaw Association (Outlaws) of running a highly organized criminal enterprise, participating in racketeering activities and conspiring to commit violence in aid of racketeering.
On Dec. 21, the jury found Jack Rosga, also known as Milwaukee Jack, 53, the national president of the Outlaws; Mark Jason Fiel, 37, also known as Jason, a former Outlaws member in the Copper Region and a former leader in the Manassas/Shenandoah Valley Chapter; Christopher Timbers, 38, also known as Alibi, an Outlaws member in the Manassas/Shenandoah Valley Chapter of the Copper Region; and Harry McCall, 53, an Outlaws member in the Copper Region, Lexington, N.C., Chapter, guilty of conspiring to engage in racketeering activities and conspiring to commit violence in aid of racketeering.
In additional, McCall was found guilty of violence in aid of racketeering, and possession of firearms in furtherance of a crime of violence while Timbers was found guilty of violence in aid of racketeering.
However, Timbers was acquitted of one count of possession of firearms in furtherance of a crime of violence.
Dennis Haldermann, 46, also known as Chew Chew, a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club from Chesterfield, Va., was also acquitted of a violence in aid of racketeering charge.
Rosga faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for the racketeering charge and a maximum of three years in prison for the violence charge.
The violence in aid of racketeering charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, while the firearm charge carries a consecutive sentence of five years up to life in prison.
Sentencing for Rosga, Fiel, McCall and Timbers is scheduled for April 8, 2011.
According to the evidence produced at trial, the Outlaws motorcycle gang, which is a highly organized criminal enterprise with a defined, multi-level chain of command that is ultimately overseen by Rosga, has engaged in violent racketeering activities with the intent to expand its influence and to control various parts of the country against rival motorcycle gangs, particularly the Hell's Angels.
The Outlaws not only planned multiple acts of violence against rival motorcycle gangs, including shows of force, but also teamed up with other motorcycle gangs such as members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club to assault against rival gangs.
The evidence at trial also established that in 2008, the Outlaws had established a clubhouse in Rock Hill, S.C., a territory traditionally controlled by the Hell's Angels. The Outlaws understood that this act would create violent friction between the two organizations, the Department of Justice said in a statement.
In October 2009, a month after two Outlaws members were assaulted by Hell's Angels members in Connecticut, Outlaws members allegedly retaliated by attempting to murder a Hell's Angels member outside the Hell's Angels' clubhouse in Canaan, Maine. The victim was seriously injured from gunshot wounds to his neck.
Earlier this year in April, Outlaws members of the Milwaukee and other Wisconsin chapters in the Gold Region, who participated in a charitable event known as the Flood Run, crossing from Wisconsin into Minnesota, brutally beat members of the Hell's Angels and stole their club patches, also known as colors.
Witnesses at the trial also testified that the Outlaws members regularly used and distributed narcotics and regularly used firearms or other dangers weapons.
To date, 27 Outlaws members have been indicted, of which 17 have pleaded guilty.
The verdict against the Outlaws national president strikes a crippling blow to his violent motorcycle gang, U.S. Attorney MacBride said. Riding a Harley doesn’' make you a criminal - but you cross the line when your motorcycle gang engages in violent criminal activity as a way of doing business.
In obtaining convictions against the gang's national president and other members, the Justice Department is sending a strong message to organized criminal enterprises of all stripes that we will not allow them to operate without repercussion. We are committed to bringing significant prosecutions against the leaders of the country’s most notorious and violent groups, Assistant Attorney General Breuer said.