- Associated Press - Thursday, February 25, 2016

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A member of the Hell’s Angels in upstate New York has pleaded guilty to the baseball bat beating of a bar patron who’d disparaged motorcycle clubs.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 63-year-old Robert Moran Jr. of Rochester faces up to three years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to armed assault.

A bartender who was working at Spender’s Bar in Rochester where the beating took place in 2006 pleaded guilty to being an accessory. Prosecutors say 52-year-old Gina Tata lied to investigators to steer them away from Moran. She could receive 18 months in prison.

Authorities say the pleas are part of a larger 2012 investigation into alleged drug trafficking and racketeering by the Hell’s Angels in Rochester and Monterey, California. At least six people have been convicted.

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