Three members of the Chosen Sons Motorcycle Club pled guilty Thursday to charges that resulted from a fight with members of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club in Essex, Maryland on June 7, 2014.
Keith Romans and Alessandro Lori pled guilty to disorderly conduct. Nicholas Burkey pled guilty to second-degree assault. All three men were sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation and 50 hours of community service.
Romans retired from the Baltimore Police Department in 2012. A fourth Chosen Son, David Crites, had his case continued until April 14. Crites is a Baltimore city Police Detective Sergeant in the city’s Southeastern District. He is currently suspended with pay. The case was investigated by Baltimore County police. Crites is also charged with second degree assault.
There has been friction between the Iron Order and other motorcycle clubs in Maryland over what William Dulaney has called the symbols of “organizational identity” in the motorcycle club world. In his book Over the Edge and into the Abyss: The Communication of Organizational Identity in an Outlaw Motorcycle Club, Dulaney wrote, “If a motorcycle club were to adopt the three-piece configuration and not adhere to the outlaw ethic, that club would very quickly cease to exist; motorcycle club etiquette dictates that another dominant club (or clubs) in the area would see to the disbanding of the offending motorcycle club.” The Iron Order is contemptuous of “motorcycle club etiquette.”
The Chosen Sons Motorcycle Club is an independent motorcycle club based in and around Baltimore that has chapters in Baltimore, Pasadena, Harford, Carroll, Kent, Freeland and Benson, NC.
The fight in June 2014 was part of the aftermath of another fight between members of the Chosen Sons and the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Clubs on one side and the Iron Order on the other in a bar called Kenny B’s Blue Marlin in Dundalk. Maryland on February 7, 2014. A Chosen Son and retired Baltimore policeman named Eric Christopher Jansen was sentenced to “probation before sentencing” for his part in the Kenny B’s fight.
Iron Horsemen Eric Lloyd “Animal” Calkins was sentenced to two years incarceration with all but 60 days suspended for his part in the Kenny B’s fight. Calkins is a veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury during his military service. Four Iron Order members beat Calkins head with collapsible batons at Kenny B’s.
As is always the case, the Iron Order members testified against the Chosen Sons and Iron Horsemen and their opponents refused, as a matter of honor or “etiquette,” to testify against them.
A former Orlando Iron Order member named Timothy “Sentinel” Taylor was at the center of both the February and June 2014 brawls. After the Thursday verdict, Taylor told the Baltimore Sun the charges against the Chosen Sons were “a step in the right direction.”
Defense attorney Joseph Murtha, told the Sun there were “clearly two sides of the story, but the other side didn’t get charged. There was a fight and a lot of people involved. People were selectively charged.”