Gonzalez’ Conviction Overturned

January 4, 2016

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Gonzalez' Conviction Overturned

The conviction of Vago Ernesto Manuel “Romeo” Gonzalez for the murder of Hells Angel San Jose charter president Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew during the Street Vibrations motorcycle rally in September 2011 was overturned on New Year’s Eve, The “gang enhancement” for that conviction was also overturned as were Gonzalez’ convictions for conspiracy to engage in an affray, carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm in a structure and conspiracy to commit murder.

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled that Washoe County District Court Judge Connie Steinheimer abused her power when she refused to adequately answer two questions from the five man, seven woman jury that convicted Gonzalez. The Court ruled the questions “suggested the jury was confused or lacked understanding of a significant element of conspiracy to commit murder.”


The first question asked, “Legal Question: Looking at Instruction number 17. If a person has no knowledge of a conspiracy but their actions contribute to someone (else’s) plan, are they guilty of conspiracy?”

Steinheimer replied, “It is improper for the Court to give you additional instruction on how to interpret Instruction number 17. You must consider all the instructions in light of all the other instructions.”

The jury’s second question was, “People in here are wondering if a person can only be guilty of second degree murder or first. Can it be both?”

Steinheimer answered that question with, “You must reach a decision on each count separate and apart from each other count.”

The high court also ruled that Steinheimer should have warned the jury that testimony against Gonzalez by former Vago Stuart Gary “Jabbers” Rudnick was uncorroborated and suspect.

“The district court’s errors cumulatively denied Gonzalez of his right to a fair trial,” the court wrote in a 16 page opinion. “We order his judgment of conviction reversed and remand to the district court for a new trial.”

Gonzalez was sentenced to life in prison and is currently incarcerated at High Desert State Prison near Las Vegas.

Jabbers And Pettigrew

Pettigrew died during a brawl between members of the two clubs inside John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada on September 23, 2011. The appeals court noticed that the fight was “instigated” by Rudnick. A Vago testified that Rudnick had hoped to collect a Hells Angels cut as a souvenir. Rudnick taunted Pettigrew for almost an hour before the fight. At Gonzalez’ trial a Vago named Richard Nickerson testified the two clubs had “coexisted” until “some drunken fool shot off his mouth and started a hornet’s nest.” Rudnick was expelled from the Vagos hours after Pettigrew’s death.

Rudnick agreed to cooperate with authorities and became the state’s principle witness against Gonzalez. Judge Steinheimer sentenced Rudnick to two to seven years in prison in August 2013. He served his time under the alias Tommy Jones. He was paroled on October 28, 2015

The Nevada Supreme Court wrote, “Although Rudnick pleaded guilty prior to Gonzalez’s trial, he was not sentenced until after he testified against Gonzalez. At trial, Rudnick testified that he and Gonzalez had a meeting prior to the fight with the president of the international chapter of the Vagos. Rudnick further testified that the president put out a ‘green light’ on Pettigrew, meaning that Pettigrew was to be killed, and that Gonzalez said he would kill Pettigrew. No other witnesses testified to the existence of this conspiracy to kill Pettigrew.”

At Gonzalez’ trial, defense attorney David Houston told the jury, “Either Gonzalez is telling the truth or Rudnick is telling the truth. That’s what this case boils down to.”

It seems likely that Rudnick will testify again when Gonzalez is retried.

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8 Responses to “Gonzalez’ Conviction Overturned”

  1. FF Says:

    “uncorroborated and suspect”.

    What a shock.

    Thank you, Rebel.

    I mean it when I say it, I will never let you down. You’re like fucking Jesus, man. At least this is the closest I’ll ever get.

    Rudnick you loudmouth punk. Tommy Jones? Pathetic macho posturing dickhead causing all this grief and THEN squealing like a pig to FUCK EVERYBODY ELSE and save your own worthless, UNDESERVING ass.

    You know, I seen a hippie chic’s T-Shirt one day and it read LEAVE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE THAN YOU FOUND IT….

    I can’t think of a better way to do that than to remove as many of you DISGRACEFUL scumbags from the face of the Earth before I leave it.


  2. Sieg Says:

    And here’s hoping that “Tommy Jones” meets a fast-moving truck before the re-trial, or barring that, that defense has an adequate opportunity to show that Rudnick was and is an inherently unreliable and biased “witness”


  3. old & stoned Says:

    the decision was unanimous. the “cumlative errors” in the jury instructions and admissabilty of evidence denied by the same judge are a perfect example of a railroading. the audio of the appeal is hilarious.

  4. NOS4A2 Says:

    Jabbers Rudnick,
    Your bullshit & lies have caused so much pain and misfortune to so many people one can only hope that you get what you have given.

  5. BMW Says:

    Once again, we can expect retrials forever from persecutors, until they finally get judges and juries pliable enough to give those same persecutors a mark in the win column. That’s all most persecutors look for these days.


  6. chromedome Says:

    The name jabbers suits him well snitch motherfucker.

    Knucklehead streeter

  7. old & stoned Says:

    no re-file yet, i doubt there will be. they can’t pull the same railroad job twice on the same case.

    oh btw,, jabbers,, fuck you in the eyes. ‘crybaby’,, was it worth it?

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