Michael Edward Ottinger, Jr., a former Sergeant at Arms for the San Diego charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, reached a plea agreement last month in the stabbing death of Mongols Motorcycle Club member Fernando Fernandez in March 2010. According to a source who agreed to speak anonymously, Ottinger will serve eight years.
Ottinger had been charged in state court with murder, attempted murder, mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, and criminal threats. The plea deal and Ottinger’s image are sealed due to “security concerns.”
Fernandez was on a date with his girlfriend on March 16, 2010 when he became involved in a dispute with Ottinger and another man in a bar in the North Park area of San Diego. The assailants followed the couple to Los Panchos Taco Shop in Hillcrest where the dispute turned violent. Fernandez suffered stab wounds to his chest, head and neck and he died at at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego the next day.
Ottinger was the subject of a Drug Enforcement Administration Investigation that included extensive electronic surveillance at the time and he quickly became a suspect in Fernandez’ murder although he was not arrested until December 2010. Ottinger was the leaddefendant in successive federal indictments that accused 36 members and alleged associates of the Hells Angels in San Diego County of selling drugs. Most of the defendants in that federal case were arrested nine months later. The Hells Angels San Diego clubhouse was searched and wrecked on September 29, 2011.
Ottinger pled guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in June 2012. He was sentenced to serve 262 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release in December 2012. He is currently incarcerated at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego. According the source, Ottinger will serve the state sentence after the completion of his federal sentence.
Ottinger is now 46.