Motorcycle gang chief sentenced to 20 years

‘Outlaw’ convicted of conspiring to commit racketeering

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The national president of the American Outlaw Association motorcycle gang, better known as the “Outlaws,” was sentenced Friday in federal court in Virginia to 20 years in prison for leading a violent criminal organization.

Jack Rosga, 53, who also is known as “Milwaukee Jack,” was found guilty on Dec. 21 of conspiring to engage in racketeering activities and to commit violence in aid of racketeering. To date, 27 persons have been charged as a result of a long-term investigation into criminal activities of the Outlaws motorcycle gang. Twenty have either pleaded guilty or were convicted at trial.

U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia said evidence presented at trial showed the Outlaws was a highly organized criminal enterprise with a defined, multilevel chain of command that engaged in violent racketeering activities to expand its influence and control nationwide against rival motorcycle gangs, particularly the Hells Angels.

Mr. MacBride said Rosga, as president, led a gang that was “violent at its core,” had declared war on the rival Hells Angels and ordered violent acts on rival gang members. He said Rosga admitted to undercover federal agents that he expected to go to prison for leading the gang, and the jury convicted him of conspiracy to commit racketeering and violent acts.

“He spent decades dedicated to a criminal way of life, and he’ll now spend decades in prison paying for those crimes,” Mr. MacBride said.

As the gang’s president, federal prosecutors said, Rosga oversaw its activities in a number of states, including Wisconsin, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia.

“The Outlaws motorcycle gang that Jack Rosga led is responsible for numerous crimes across multiple states,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer, who heads the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Mr. Rosga’s conduct, and the violent activities of his organized criminal enterprise, must have severe consequences. Today’s sentence reflects that. We will not tolerate organized criminal gangs in our communities.”

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) acting special agent in charge Rich Marianos described the Outlaws’ investigation as “one of many that reinforces ATF’s commitment to fighting violent crime.” He said that in partnership with the U.S. attorney’s office, ATF will continue to “focus our efforts on putting the worst of the worst violent criminals behind bars so our neighbors can feel safer in their communities.”

Court records show the Outlaws planned multiple acts of violence against rival gangs, including shows of force at the Cycle Expo in Henrico County, Va., in 2006; Dinwiddie Racetrack in Virginia in 2008; and the Cockades Bar in Petersburg, Va., during which the Pagans Motorcycle Club joined the Outlaws in the assault against rival gangs.

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