Soldier Vagos Acquitted

May 21, 2014

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Two soldiers stationed at Fort Irwin, Captain David Moore and First Sergeant Richard Rivero, were acquitted last week of stabbing a civilian named Ali Joseph III in a fight outside a bar in Barstow, California in April 2011. The case is noteworthy because both soldiers are members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club and according to sources with knowledge of the case, the Department of Defense intended to make examples of them.

Moore and Rivero were charged with assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury and a gang enhancement claiming the felony assault was committed for the benefit of the “Vagos Criminal Street Gang.”

The Altercation

Witnesses at the trial said Joseph became loud and belligerent after Moore spoke to his date. According to the witnesses Joseph told the defendants that he “wasn’t afraid of the Vagos and that he had beaten up a Vago in the past.” Joseph followed the two defendants outside Mollie’s Pub and claimed he was attacked by Moore with a knife and by Rivera who used his fists. Joseph was slashed across the stomach and stabbed in the back.

As is common is cases involving members of motorcycle clubs, the prosecution presented testimony from a “gang expert” named Jeff Moran. Moran is a California Highway Patrol Officer who was featured in a now defunct television called Gangland in an episode about the Vagos called “Snitch Slaughter.”

The two soldiers were represented by Los Angeles attorneys Jeff Voll and Mike Scafiddi. During cross examination by the defenders Joseph admitted to punching Moore and knocking the accused man down. Joseph also admitted that Rivero never stabbed him.

Neither Moore nor Rivero testified. The trial lasted two weeks.


Moore’s attorney, Voll, told the jury in closing arguments that Joseph stabbed himself as he ran from the two men into and along a nearby jagged fence.

The jury found Rivero innocent of both charges last Thursday and found Moore innocent of the gang allegation last Friday.

This week the jury told the judge they were unable to reach verdict on Moore’s assault charge and the case ended in a mistrial.  There will be a hearing June 30 on a defense motion to dismiss the case.

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27 Responses to “Soldier Vagos Acquitted”


    As a recent discharged Vet this story disgust me. If they were not Vagos never would have made news. Also I know Mr Moore was prior service. Re- enlisted around 2005-2006 and the military did push him out due to this case if I remember right.Great job Jeff thank you from up here in NORCAL

  2. George Clougherty Says:

    When we do right, no one remembers, when we do wrong, no one forgets.

  3. dirtyfxd Says:

    Congratulations Vagos! First off id like two thank these two men for defending this country, and i really hope everything goes as you wish in your military career. Barstow is a dive, just a couple truck stops and a bunch of tweakers. When california wipes its ass there will be no more barstow.

  4. John Deaux Says:

    Out Fucking Standing, congrats to the Vago Nation and especially your brothers on beating the bullshit rap being layed on them.
    This being Memorial Day weekend remember those who gave all in defense of this once great country. They did their part and then some, it’s a shame we can’t say the same about those we elect to represent us.
    Anybody on the gulf coast looking a party this weekend the Blowout in Gulfport, Ms starts today. Old school party with run what ya brung drag racing, always a good time.
    Thank You to all who served/serves. Have a safe weekend all.

  5. Not Surprised Says:

    @OC VAGO

    I genuinely hope the careers of the Captain and 1st Sargeant will rebound. I know the military does things on their own terms, however.

    They are at the least deserving of respect. I give mine now.

  6. skinny denny Says:

    Well put! Thanks to all the Vets out there for their service. Run to the Wall this weekend!

  7. BMW Says:

    Once again, I am pleasantly surprised at an honest verdict in a case involving bikers. Congratulations to the two brothers for avoiding felony convictions for defending themselves against an asshole who followed them to start trouble. They never should have been charged, from the description of what happened. These days, I am happy and surprised to see ANY bikers walk away from a kangaroo court hearing without hefty sentences.

    L,H&R TO ALL 1% RIDERS!!!

  8. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    So let me get this right. Ali Joseph III years earlier gets into a dispute with a Brother over his own punk thug behavior. What was understood then based off details provided both individuals did their dance and held their mudd no cops or MP’s were involved and both walked away men. Simple disagreement, done. Ali then decided to run his cocksucker in a bar about it years later after starting shit with some his Brothers. Like that won’t provoke a response, stupid move asshole.

    Then he turns snitch in this case.

    Nice Ali, you lying rat fuck. Yeah motherfucker your a real bad ass. How’s that RAT jacket feel? You should feel filthy hang that head in shame when you’re seen up in the valley. I’m sure the local clique will accept that. Someone should have punched your ticket when you landed on the yard for the drive-by beef back in the day, you coward rat.

    Do you remember what you were told by the very first Vago you fucked with. Or have you forgotten? Best mind that tongue.

    Loose lips sink ships.

    I’m very happy that our Brothers are getting a fair shake so far it’s been a long and expensive road for them and their immediate families.

    My very best to them.

    Viva Los Vagos

  9. FF Says:

    According to this:

    Moore is an 0-3 and Rivero is an E-9. Both men are in their 30’s. I’m guessing Rivero is close to having twenty years— so he’s entitled to a pension. If they insist on putting him out— and I agree with Sapper, they will for the reasons he stated— hopefully he can retire honorably.

    Unless Captain Moore is prior enlisted, I’m gonna guess he’s only got 5 years in so he doesn’t have as much to lose. Still sucks.

    All over some barfly and her punkass boyfriend. Sucks.

  10. Mike 184 Says:

    I miss California at times, but there is no love lost for the sum-bitches known as the CHP……

  11. OC VAGO Says:

    Our brothers lives and careers were ruined by this Ali Joseph III, aka RAT SNITCH COP CALLING FAG PUNK. Thankfully the system prevailed this time.

    Congratulations Brothers! It has been a long time coming.

    Oh yeah and fuck you C(cant) H(handle) P(police work) Officer Jeff Moran.

  12. Mike 184 Says:

    I am glad that these two beat their charges… Too bad they were in court at all. Some guys starts shit, hits someone and then calls the cops??? Bullshit should have never gotten past the parking lot. And I would say that this turd who ran his mouth probably got off light after all the shit talk. Not so sure he would have been running out of every parking lot that that happened in. And damn pussy assed cops couldn’t leave it up to a “scuffle”…. WTH.

    “Joseph admitted to punching Moore and knocking the accused man down. Joseph also admitted that Rivero never stabbed him.” Should have never gone to court…..

  13. skinny denny Says:

    I agree with you completely. Although Iron Odor usually calls the oinks before the fight. The only times I’ve been through Barstow I just stopped for gas and something to eat at A & W Root Beer. Didn’t get good vibes in Barstow. Perfect place for an I.O.”chapter”. The local chicks waved at me and their wannabe tough guy boyfriends gave me dirty looks.

  14. Hated and Proud Says:

    I had to laugh at this. its a giggle fest over here

  15. Sapper Says:

    Being a 23 year Member of the US Army. I can tell you all, Some how some way the Military will run these two soldiers out of the Army. With the DOD brass believing that the Military has become over run with gang members/MC members in their ranks. The mandate is to get them out ASAP.


  16. Paul Says:

    If their command decides to pursue charges via Article 15, they could request court martial. At least with court martial, you have to be proven guilty and considering they beat the case, that would be a good route.

    Where they could still get screwed though is in their performance evals, and the general blacklisting in their respective circles (Oficer/SNCO) that tend to accompany these kind of things.

  17. Jim666 Says:

    good deal about time something went rite for the rite side and not the dirty stinkin pigs.
    Congrats to the two on winning this shit. glad to read something finally went rite

  18. ocmouse22 Says:

    Great job Jeff. Good to hear that our brothers got a fair trial? And to Ali you’re a punk you shouldn’t go around running your mouth! And to Jeff Moran you are a dumb ass selling your ass to the court like a hooker. I have more respect for the hooker at least she works for her money.

  19. Whitepride Says:

    I feel for these two soldiers. First for being wrongly accused and tried on the word of some piece of shit and second I believe their military careers are over. I’m sure the military is going to find a couple of violations of the UCMJ. Good luck not getting screwed by the nation you served and probably fought overseas for!

  20. quicky Says:

    congratulations to the two soldiers and his attorneys good job Mr Jeff Voll

  21. Reasonable doubt Says:

    That’s what happens when you have a good lawyer and spend the money to have him on your case! I’m sure these lawyers weren’t cheap , but worth every penny .

  22. Samurai Says:

    So this guy ran his mouth, started shit, and then ran away in the process managed to stab himself on a fence and then he called the cops and pressed charges. Am I the only one thinking there is a future IOMC CP in the making with this guy or shit maybe even in Int Officer

  23. cwb_j0ker Says:

    Haha hell yes I love this story. Nothing better then true justice besides the zog and leo trying to make examples of men who put there life on the line for our half ass constitution. Congrats vagos,bet yall gonna have good ass celebration party.

  24. Not Surprised Says:

    Congrats to the two soldiers. there is a definite pattern here that repeats itself over and over:

    Run your mouth start shit, get your ass kicked and THEN call the cops.

  25. RVN69 Says:

    As DesertH-D has said, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the DoD take some kind of action, eventually leading to active duty military banned from membership in any organization listed as a “criminal gang” by the DOJ.

    Congratulation to the Vago’s on their victory.

    Potius Mori Quam Foedare.

  26. jj solari Says:

    the department of defense has a jihadist as its commander in chief so this all makes perfect sense to me, this fracas. american servicemen are the jihadist-in-chief’s top priority for extinction.

  27. DesertH-D Says:

    Glad the two beat the gang bullshit, and I hope Moore is successful in his dismissal motion. However, I fear for their military careers nonetheless…

    Rebel – Is there any info available regarding whether or not the DoD is pursuing any UCMJ actions? Especially with them being an officer and a senior NCO, I’m sure the Department can trump up something about “conduct unbecoming” or some such crap.

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