With their case against the Hells Angels unraveling, federal prosecutors in Las Vegas have agreed to a plea bargain that reduced charges against the six main defendants and dismissed all charges against three dozen other members of the infamous motorcycle club, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Forty-two Hells Angels had faced the possibility of life sentences as a result of a gun battle with their rival club, the Mongols, during a 2002 motorcycle festival in Laughlin, Nv. Under the deal approved yesterday, six Hells Angels will serve no more than 30 months in prison, and charges against the remaining Hells Angels members are dropped.
Federal prosecutors attempted to show jurors the Hells Angels are a criminal enterprise that conspired to kill members of the rival Mongols. The case ran into problems early when defense lawyers challenged whether prosecutors had shared all the documentation they should have. Judge James Mahan called the prosecution’s failure to turn over evidence “out of control.” (Prosecutors) “were having a very difficult time proving the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was a criminal enterprise for one good reason: It’s not,” defense attorney David Chesnoff said.