Emmert “Andy” Earls, a former member of the Cincinnati chapter of the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club, was sentenced to eight years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to arson. Earls, above, admitted throwing a Molotov cocktail at the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club’s clubhouse in Covington, Kentucky on February 23, 2013. Earls is the brother of former Highwaymen chapter president Joe Earls.
Covington is across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. The Highwaymen established a chapter in Cincinnati in 2009 about the time 74 alleged members and associates of the club including club president Aref “Steve” Nagi were arrested for racketeering in Detroit. Nagi was eventually sentenced to 37 years in prison in 2011.
The Cincinnati Highwaymen’s relations with the Iron Horsemen were often less than cordial. Over the course of less than a week early last year, Highwaymen were video recorded beating two Iron Horsemen, Iron Horsemen were accused of shooting at the Highwaymen clubhouse and Andy Earls and another club member named Ricky Fields were video recorded firing a shotgun and throwing the firebomb at the Iron Horsemen clubhouse.
According to WKRC, Fields has accepted a plea deal comparable to Earls’. He will be sentenced on December 9.
The Highwaymen mother chapter closed the Cincinnati chapter last March and that was a disaster for mother chapter member John Duffey.
Duffey came to Cincinnati, attended one chapter meeting, and was stopped by local police at the suggestion of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for an apparently bogus speeding violation. Duffey was one of the 74 people arrested in 2009. In the racketeering case, he pled guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances and he was released from custody in April 2011. When he was stopped in Cincinnati, Police searched his car and found a Bersa Model Thunder 45 Ultra, .45 caliber pistol and charged Duffy with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Duffy pled not guilty. He is currently out of jail and is scheduled for trial beginning January 26.
A week after Duffey was arrested the City of Cincinnati sued to close the Highwaymen clubhouse as a public nuisance.