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Hells Angels guilty in racketeering case

SEATTLE — Federal jurors convicted three current and former Hells Angels members yesterday of conspiring to run a motorcycle-theft ring that prosecutors blamed for the death of a man who lied about being a member of the club.

The jury deliberated for nearly 100 hours over 12 days after more than two months of testimony detailing brutal beatings that authorities said were meant to punish people who crossed the bikers.

One former member of the Spokane chapter, Rodney Lee Rollness, was convicted of murder, racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and several other crimes, including trafficking in stolen motorcycles.

Another former Hells Angel, Joshua Binder, was convicted of conspiracy to commit racketeering and attempted interference with commerce by threats or violence, but jurors deadlocked on whether he was involved in the killing of Michael Walsh, who was fatally shot in 2001. The chapter’s president, Richard Allen “Smilin’ Rick” Fabel, was found to have committed several racketeering acts, including mail fraud and extortion.

From wire dispatches and staff reports