Sentencing Delayed In Hells Angels Case In Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge agreed Wednesday to hear testimony in February about whether the Hells Angels is an outlaw motorcycle gang before sentencing four men who pleaded guilty in a 2008 wedding chapel brawl in Las Vegas that left six people hurt.
Clark County District Court Judge Kenneth Cory conferred in chambers for nearly an hour with lawyers for defendants John Dawson, Dominic Orlando, Armando Porras and Brandon Young before postponing sentencing to Feb. 28.
The four men pleaded guilty in July to one felony charge of battery resulting in substantial bodily harm with intent to promote or assist the activities of a criminal gang. Each could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Porras’ attorney Chris Rasmussen said the defense wants to present witnesses and evidence that the Hells Angels is not a criminal gang. Rasmussen said later the goal is probation or leniency in sentences.
Prosecutors Marc DiGiacomo and Sonia Jimenez didn’t object to the delay.
The case was previously handled by District Court Judge Michael Villani.
It stemmed from fighting between Hells Angels who were leaving one ceremony and rival Mongols members arriving by coincidence for another at A Special Memory Wedding Chapel almost five years ago.
Thirteen accused Hells Angels were indicted in 2010 on charges including attempted murder, conspiracy and taking part in activities of a criminal gang. At least one of the men denied being a Hells Angels member.
Trial for eight defendants ended in a mistrial in August 2012 when Judge Villani ruled that prosecutors failed to fully disclose to defense attorneys evidence including photographs and documents.
Ten defendants have since pleaded guilty. Three are due for sentencing in January, while two — a former Hells Angels motorcycle club chapter president and his son — are due for sentencing March 18.
The father, Charles “Peewee” Goldsmith, could face two to five years in prison after pleading guilty to coercion and battery with substantial bodily harm with a criminal gang enhancement.
The son, Brad Goldsmith, was the bridegroom at the ill-fated wedding. He could face 16 months to four years after pleading guilty to attempted coercion and battery causing substantial bodily harm.
Lawyers for both men have said they are no longer affiliated with the Hells Angels.
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