Amaro Gets Life

May 29, 2014

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The poker run shootout in Winter Springs, Florida on September 30,  2012 claimed another life this morning. Judge Jessica Recksiedler sentenced Victor Manuel “Pancho” Amaro to spend the rest of his life in prison for the murders of Harold “Lil Dave” Liddle and Dave “Dresser” Jakiela.

Amaro was the third of three defendants arrested after the incident to stand trial. David “Tin Man” Maloney was acquitted of four of five charges on April 11. A mistrial was declared on a fifth charge, of attempted murder, and prosecutors have not yet announced if they will retry Maloney on that charge. Another defendant, Robert “Willy” Eckert, was sentenced to serve 27 years in prison for participating in the gun battle. A fourth defendant, Paul Wayne “Dog” Smith, is now scheduled for trial this July.

What Happened

Three members of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club were killed and two more were wounded when the five men rode into a VFW post parking lot to attend a charity poker run sponsored by another and less prominent Warlocks Motorcycle Club. The victims were Warlocks whose club has deep roots in Florida. The accused were members of a small chapter of a Warlocks club rooted in Philadelphia. Maloney and Smith were both former members of the Florida Warlocks.

The dead Florida Warlocks were Harold “Lil Dave” Liddle, Peter “Hormone” Schlette and Dave “Dresser” Jakiela. The wounded Florida Warlocks were Brad Dyess and Ronnie “Whiteboy” Mitchell. Prosecutors described the fight as an “ambush.”

Although both Maloney and Eckert fired shots in the incident there is no evidence that either man hit anything. Smith began the battle when he shot Peter “Hormone” Schlette in the arm. According to witnesses, Schlette’s last words were, “Motherfucker you jus shot me.” Smith then shot Schlette in the eye.

After hearing those two shots Amaro rushed into the parking lot with a pistol in each hand and killed Liddle and Jakiela.  He was tried twice. The first time he appeared before a jury Judge Recksiedler declared a mistrial after prosecutors disclosed that he was a convicted felon.

Self Defense

All four of the defendants have claimed to have acted in self defense. Amaro’s lawyer, Junior Barrett, told jurors that when Amaro began shooting he “was scared. He was firing (because) he believed they (the dead men) were coming to hurt or kill.”

At today’s sentencing hearing, Barrett told the judge that Amaroa’s shots weren’t “directed specifically at an individual…. This was a panic situation and Mr. Amaro reacted to that panic situation.”

Jakiela’s common law widow, Suzelle Miller, also talked to the judge this morning. She said Amaro “changed my world forever in what was only seconds….. The world turned into a black hole…numbness gave way to pain.”

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17 Responses to “Amaro Gets Life”

  1. Shyster Says:



  2. Oldskewl Says:

    Can’t say I didn’t see this coming…


  3. OC VAGO Says:

    Bummer all the way around. Not good man, not good.

  4. Dave Says:

    Why would the two groups fight? They’re both Warlocks. What do I not know? Thanks.

  5. jj solari Says:

    i dont understand how one guy can shoot another and be considered a bad terrible person and then a judge – who doesnt know anyone involved personally – can declare one or more of the shooters to remain in a concrete building for the rest of their life….and the judge is considered a noble individual. at least with the shooting there is USUALLY some connection between all the parties involved. in a sentencing….the judge never heard of any of the people before the trial. never met them, doesnt owe them money. he’s as distant as can be from all involved; and then nonchalantly declares, kinglike “life in prison, sparky” and he gets a pension and a statue and the accolades of the citizenry. how is it the “i get to be an admired sociopath” gets to experience a much better life than the “i do not get to be an admired sociopath but a condemned one” does?

  6. Geordie 1%er Says:

    RIP Dresser. Lill Dave and Hormone, justice has been done. Murdered by 4 wannabe tough guys.Hope ya get yours inside !

  7. steve Says:

    2 weeks before this killing I seen tin man and his clan riding down 17 92 by the San Ford flea market and said bad shit is going to happen and I was right..

  8. Steve Says:

    A shitty result all round. 4 good men lost, 3 locked down for life. Nothing good to see here.

  9. Hated and Proud Says:

    LIFE???????? what in the fuck

  10. Done Says:

    Much like a July 4th Town Hall Picnic, the fireworks are saved for last and unless I miss my guess, this picnic ain’t over by a long shot. Quite obviously there’s more to this tragedy than meets the eye or at the very least, is known through what one might gleen from the media coverage. More had to have happened before hand, during and could happen after this business is concluded in the eyes of the law. Justice, at least in this instance is indeed blind. All things of this sort have a history which for various reasons is never devulged lest it see the light of day and unmask justice to the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth as is so often said but seldom done. Maloney skated like Scott Hamilton, Eckert fell through thin ice and Amaro experienced what the Titanic did however, this Icecapade has one more star yet to hit the rink. Smith’s trial has taken two turns the others didn’t in that he was able to obtain a lawyer more to his liking and by virtue a much later court date in July. Why a change of venue has not yet been suggested given the ever mounting media coverage is a darn good question. It seems to me that any Attorney worth his salt would have at the very least requested one by now and yet, as far as I am aware, this has not come to pass. This suggests that Smith’s Attorney is overly confident in the current venue but more, in whatever else he has to work with once he goes to court and there in lies the rub. Smith is no stranger to the legal system having skated on numerous occasions prior to the present situation but how he does this teflon act has never seen the light of day. There is no hard evidence to sugggest he has cooperated with the courts or law enforcement but one is hard pressed to discern another tactical path towards such a cat of 9 lives. He may have been inocent, lucky or just have hired the right lawyers time after time, nobody can prove otherwise. He’s certainly been around the MC way of life long enough to know his way to safety should the lights go out or the Club House come under fire (or catch fire for that matter). One could be justified in wondering what else he might know that may be of value to those who’s real agenda is to catch more fish by net than by line and if that somehow is even now playing an “all in” strategy after taking no cards and sticking with the hand he’s been dealt. It is reasonable to assume that July is an appropriate month for fireworks both outside and inside the Town Hall. Maloney & Smith are old hands at all of this. Amaro & Eckert weren’t or so it would seem. All prior history aside, the man who fired the first shots remains in the relative safety and custody of the system and precious little has been heard concerning his Leader who one assumes quietly went back to his day job and continues to fly his insignia of choice unmolested by rivals or law enforcement perhaps with whomever he shares his brotherhood with, certainly not alone as a Club of one is not a Club. The entire enterprise reeks of collusion. Smith’s trial, if indeed it still comes to that, will either be very short & sweet or the prize in this box of Cracker Jacks may turn out to be a poison pen. Stay tuned.

  11. chaos Says:

    Terrible news. I guess if you don’t have a show on discovery channel you’re the bad guys.

  12. Casual Observer Says:

    Thats ok chaos where Ekert and Gomez are going they can star in an episode or two of Lockup on Msnbc ,Havent found out the Teflon Twos travel plans yet but im sure that staring in men sex isnt in their plans and witness protection is looking really good to teflon #2

  13. Rusty Says:

    Chaos, no disrespect intended by my question here, but you’d give a pass to people who shoot men off their bikes before they even parked?

    Respect to the deserving

  14. chaos Says:

    If you knew what they were subjected to you might see things differently. Nobody’s completely free of fault. I notice nobody has mentioned Johnny Rotten or why he is in jail. Oh well.

  15. Rusty Says:

    Chaos…matters not how I see it, my question remains, do you give a pass to someone who shoots men off their motorcycles before they even park? Given the circumstances as they were, self defense rings hollow, scared so bad you’d shoot em sitting on their bikes?

    Respect to the deserving

  16. Ol'Goat Says:

    Fer once I agree with JJSolari on this one. Fuck a disconnected human being dawning a black robe and handing down edicts!

  17. Goldilocks Says:

    NOONE no’s the truth about TIN MAN Or PONCHO!! I rode with the Orlando warlocks for a 11 yearsand new these men well… THIS is what METH does to you!! BOTH these men were BLACKBALLED from the ORLANDO WARLOCKS years pryer. For many reasons… What the did was intentional!! They did NOT belong to the Philly warlocks it has nothing to do with them

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