Rudnick Recants Testimony

April 27, 2017

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Rudnick Recants Testimony

The Associated Press has reported that former Vagos Motorcycle Club member Gary “Jabbers” Rudnick signed an affidavit on May 17, 2016 recanting his testimony in the trial of Vago Ernesto Manuel “Romeo” Gonzalez. Gonzalez was convicted of the murder of Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew in John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada on September 23, 2011.

Petigrew was the president of the San Jose charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. He died during a brawl instigated by Rudnick and much woe has ensued for both clubs since Pettigrew’s death. Rudnick was expelled from the Vagos two days after Pettigrew died.

Members of both clubs were staying at the hotel during the Street Vibrations motorcycle rally. The Hells Angels were significantly outnumbered by Vagos at the hotel. 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 then became the State of Nevada’s main witness against Gonzalez.

Jabber’s Story

Rudnick told the jury that Pettigrew’s murder was a premeditated hit and that he was only one participant in a criminal plot. He claimed the murder culminated almost two years of friction between the two motorcycle clubs that culminated with alleged harassment of Vagos by Hells Angels earlier that day.

Rudnick claimed Pettigrew’s murder was ordered by Vagos Motorcycle Club President Pastor “Tata” Palafox in front of 200 witnesses because the Hells Angels were treating Vagos “like bitches.” Rudnick testified that Gonzalez volunteered to murder Pettigrew at that meeting and that Gonzalez admitted the murder to Rudnick the next day. Rudnick also testified that he did not see the murder because he was hiding behind a bank of slot machines at the time.

Gonzalez was sentenced to life in prison by Washoe County District Court Judge Connie Steinheimer in October 2013.  The Nevada Supreme Court overturned his conviction on New Year’s Eve 2015. That court said Steinheimer had abused her power and that she should have warned the jury that Rudnick’s testimony was uncorroborated and suspect.

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

Gonzalez is scheduled to be retried this August.

Jabber’s New Story

Steinheimer sentenced Rudnick to serve two to seven years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder in August 2013. He was paroled on October 28, 2015

In his recantation, Rudnick wrote “there was no conspiracy” to kill Pettigrew. “It was just a fight between me and him.”

Rudnick wrote that prosecutor Karl Hall invited him to commit perjury in return for a lenient sentence. “He told me … what he wanted me to change to lie for him,” he wrote. “I was looking at 25 years in prison.”

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14 Responses to “Rudnick Recants Testimony”

  1. GrrrrrrifFF Says:


  2. GrrrrrrifFF Says:

    Free Romeo Fuck Jabber

  3. East Coast Says:

    STill no word on Romeo’s acquittal , WTF?

  4. Mark The Shark Says:

    FREE ROMEO!!!!!

  5. Paladin Says:

    The good news: Gonzales will get another turn at bat. The bad news: Rudnick is still above ground.


  6. Bobby M Says:

    66mph ticket offence ,111 mph okay ,nothing wrong here folks.

  7. FF Says:

    Rudnick whatever happened to you in prison obviously wasn’t enough considering the fact that you are still breathing. You didn’t say anything anybody didn’t already know and saying it now isn’t going to unfuck you, you scumbag. You are the worst form of shit on Earth, a fake tough guy with a big mouth who would throw innocent people under the wheels of a truck if it meant prolonging your worthless existence.

  8. Just a Citizen Says:

    Fuck you Gary ‘Jabbers’ Rudnick! You fucking dick. The damage you have caused can never be made right. I hope you die a slow agonizing lonely death.

  9. Belfast Says:

    This pos got a very loved and respected man killed, jammed up and ratted out his own brother and just generally fucked up many people’s lives all because he was a punk and he’s people couldn’t keep him in check. Hope this dude hits a pole soon or slits his wrists and dies a slow cowards death!

  10. Mercyful Fate Says:

    Apparently, “Jabbers” is an appropriate moniker for Rudnick, as nothing coming out of his mouth should be listened to or believed.

  11. MF Says:

    FREE Romeo!!

  12. Dino Says:

    The damage is done.

  13. Phuquehed Says:

    Rudnik, the fucktard, got a man killed and one of his own put in jail, all because he was an asshole with a big mouth and too much booze.

    With any luck this fucktard will get drunk one night and accidentally mistake a bottle of Drano for his beer and never be a problem to anyone ever again.

  14. IRISHPUNK Says:

    Free Romeo

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