- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A former member of a violent motorcycle gang in Virginia has lost his bid to have his 9½-year prison sentence erased.

U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson on Tuesday rejected Mark Jason Fiel’s claim that he was misled during plea negotiations. Fiel says he declined a deal of 21-27 months after his lawyer estimated he would get no more than three years if he was convicted. Fiel took his chances at trial and was convicted of racketeering.

Hudson said Fiel’s lawyer made no promises, and her inaccurate prediction did not amount to constitutionally deficient representation.

Fiel was one of 27 Outlaws motorcycle gang members from seven states indicted in 2010 on charges mostly related to a turf war with the rival Hells Angels. Most pleaded guilty. Five were convicted at trial.

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