Desperate Bandidos Prosecutions Continue

March 9, 2018

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Desperate Bandidos Prosecutions Continue

The mostly secret sham trial of former Bandidos president Jeff Pike and former club vice-president John Portillo fell down a rabbit hole this week.

The prosecution’s star witness so far has been a liar and ex-Bandido named Johnny “Downtown Johnny” Romo (above center) who along with his brother Robert Romo (above right) formally confessed last September to the murder of a “Hells Angel” drug dealer named Anthony Banesh. The press release issued last September was headlined “Two Bandidos Plead Guilty to Federal Charges in Connection with the Murder of Hells Angel Anthony Benesh in 2006.”

It continued: “Appearing before United States District Judge Henry J. Bemporad, 47–year-old Bandidos National Sergeant at Arms Johnny Romo (aka ‘Downtown Johnny’) of San Antonio and 45-year-old Bandidos San Antonio Centro Chapter member Robert Romo of San Antonio pleaded guilty to one count of Murder in Aid of Racketeering and one count of Aiding and Abetting Using and Discharging a Firearm During and In Relation to a Crime of Violence, specifically Murder.”

The desperate, breathless press release last fall that announced this breakthrough in an unsolved 11-year-old murder also claimed: “Court records allege that Benesh was attempting to start a Texas Chapter of the Hell’s Angels OMO in Austin, Texas in 2006. Members of the Bandidos OMO warned Benesh to cease his activities and recruitment, which Benesh ignored. Johnny Romo, Robert Romo and others then murdered Benesh on March 18, 2006, outside an Austin restaurant to protect the power, reputation and territory of the Bandidos enterprise.”


Everything about these contrived allegations, as the esteemed defender Vincent LaGuardia Gambini once put it, “is bullshit.” Where to begin?

First of all, the Romo brothers both left the Bandidos in 2014.

Second, Anthony Benesh was a very bold drug dealer but he was not a Hells Angel. Why would he want to become a Hells Angel? He had moved to Texas when he was nine. He was a pusher who bought a set of phony Hells Angels colors: Biker cognoscenti may note that the lips on his Death Head were not sewn shut and that the Hells Angels, who are nothing if not respectful of their dead, have never commemorated Banesh’s death in any way.

Third, Banesh was a drug dealer in Texas in 2006 which significantly broadens and deepens the pool of murder suspects. Between 2006 and 2010 while the rest of the nation was falling into a depression, illegal drugs kept Texas prosperous. Economists called it the “Texas Miracle.” They didn’t call it the “Bandido Miracle.”

Fourth, if George Christie is to be believed – which is kind of a big if – this was not long after the Hells Angels and the Bandidos actually considered merging into a super club.

And fifth, Benesh was killed with a high powered hunting rifle. Neither the Hells Angels or Bandidos are famous for killing each other with high powered hunting rifles. The FBI and its contract employees have a reputation, at least among outlaw bikers, that dates back to the murder of Hells Angel James Bailey in 1975, for assassinating bikers with high powered hunting rifles. Benesh was pretending to be a Hells Angel, he was allegedly a drug dealers and he was murdered with a hunting rifle.

Benesh was a man who made enemies casually. Jeff Pike did not kill him. John Portillo did not kill him. Maybe the Romo brothers did but their motive isn’t obvious. The real question is why the Department of Justice is trying to pin this murder on the Bandidos. Why is the murder of Anthony Benesh a federal case but the Twin Peaks Mass Murder in Waco and its deplorable aftermath is not?

What does your nose tell you about that smell coming out of San Antonio.

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26 Responses to “Desperate Bandidos Prosecutions Continue”

  1. Neuro Says:

    It’s something a colored person would say. Remember nothing, you are delusional.

  2. Dasein Says:

    “cali” is something you’d might hear on oprah, not in California.

  3. Tom Says:

    The things to remember:
    1) Fake colors are the same as no colors. Who cares?
    2) Angels did not care, and mostly laughed at him.
    3) Bandidos did not care, as he was not actually starting an Angel chapter.

  4. Tom Says:

    I lived in cali four times. North and South. I will choose my own words, thanks.

    It still was not a red/gold hit. No reason.

  5. Neuro Says:

    I don’t think people from California either like or use that term Cali. Unsat.

  6. Tom Says:


    California. You may have read about it somewhere. Christ…it is actually where Angels come from. All the rest are ass-sucks and wannabees. Bandits have never been either, same as actual angels. Whats your GS rating?

  7. Rebel Says:

    Dear Memo,

    Trial in recess all week.


  8. Neuro Says:

    Colombian angels ?

  9. Tom Says:

    Angels I know, as in Cali, not fake Texas, postulated at the time that there was no way it was Bandits, as it makes zero sense on any level. Most likely a tweeker thing, not a bike thing.

  10. Memo Says:

    Awful quiet this week from San Antonio. Not much media. Nothing like a trial in secret…..

  11. Unknown Dude Says:

    Only related news about another case in little old texass..judge has bailiff torture accused in court…Conviction overturned after Texas judge ordered multiple electric shocks on defendant in court

    Why is judge not being prosecuted? Or has “law” become something other than law?

  12. Rebel Says:

    Dear Richie sauerkraut,

    I know virtually nothing about that site. Is that the guy who sells biker ephemera from the ‘60s? Is he the same guy who shit all over me because he didn’t like an obituary I wrote? Ask him.


  13. Richie Saurkraut Says:

    Rebel—Do you anything about 1%mcoutlawarchive being taken down? Methinks it was hacked like you were, by different parties, of course.

  14. FF Says:

    Watching the youtube link provided I recalled an Army battle buddy who was born and raised in Albania who kept me entertained with his tales of Government Media Industrial Complex corruption, Eastern Bloc style… it’s uncanny.

  15. Hero Says:

    How can the supposed evidence and mock trail be a secret? This is completely unconstitutional.

    Also if my memory is correct there was a President named Hover who was killed in Phoenix some years back if I remember by a sniper shot and the rumor was that he was assassinated by police over the Jay Dobbyns case for some reason or another. If that is true is’s the same line, hook and stinker the government uses over and over to tarnish the M.C. world.

  16. James W Crawford Says:

    Several members of the City of Vancouver Washington’s SWAT unit shot a private security guard who had made the mistake of callin 911 when he found a vehicle that had been involved in adrive by shooting. The SWAT cops shot several rounds from an overpass at a range of 113 yards. Fortunately; these “expert marksmen” managedto score only one marginal hit.

  17. Kenny Says:

    @Mike Smith. Right on u know!Till u read a rico case u have no idea how fucked u are u get dragged into one. Your thread is spot on!!! A predicated act can be smoking a rolled cig. Of course they can say it was drugs u cant defend a pic! Or hersay can be used against u. I used to keep a lawyer on retainer just to call at anytime so I dint fall into a trap. He told me fuck rico its the conspiracy law ya better worry about, how easy it is to say u knew somthing and dint rat ect. Im a firm believer they put every pic of every biker in a club in a pile. When u pissem off they pull up that pile. They figure out how to jerry mander a case against u. Not that your guilty but they know u cant fight rico from jail effectively. Then u get the snitches who useally where the ones that created the thing that brought our wonderfull alphabet crew on u. Plus the costs of a lawyer!!! 12 + 1= NFC.

  18. Dutchboy Says:

    Recently a young lady I know went to the range with her husband. He is a competitive long range shooter, she had only plinked with a 22, no real long range experience or training. Within an hour she was consistently hitting dinner plate sized targets at 780 yards.

    Military training is not required folks. Also this hit reminds me of some of the jobs done by the cartels over the years. In the drug world it is easy to piss serious people off and not even realize it and they like sending graphic messages.

    As Trevor said, most respectable MCs keep women and kids out of it if they can. Turn a guy’s head into the Taco Special in front of his wife and children? That ain’t “biker”, that’s Cartel shit.

    The guy was obviously a dickhead, none too bright, and had an out sized ego.

    IMHO, which is worth what you are paying for it, an irritated MC would have scooped the fool up, took his cut and bike, introduced him to thier boots and broken a bone or two.

    If they decided to do something more permanent no evidence would have been found, ever.

    Would like to see the deal the LEOs gave to the rats, that will never happen though.

  19. Paladin Says:

    @ Paula Carroll Swann

    Here’s a little insider trading information that my shock you: There are hundreds (maybe even more) long guns (rifles) sold each year. Some of them are accessorized with variable or fixed power optics. I sell a lot of firearms and the last time I checked, military or LE training wasn’t and isn’t a required prerequisite for purchasing a rifle. Bottom line? One does not need military or LE training to be an accomplished marksman.

    Question: “Why is the murder of Anthony Benesh a federal case but the Twin Peaks Mass Murder in Waco and its deplorable aftermath is not?”

    Answer: Because the State and federal governments are “separate sovereigns” the double jeopardy rule doesn’t apply. Those charged in the Twin Peaks criminal complaint may still be charged federally. If not for the same charges, then possibly under the RICO statute.


  20. Gandalf Says:

    “Why is the murder of Anthony Benesh a federal case but the Twin Peaks Mass Murder in Waco and its deplorable aftermath is not?” Because the judge said so.

  21. Freebird Says:

    I would like to know no matter who fired the shot what was the distance. 100 yards? 1,000? The answer to that question is a wide open field or reserved for those that know their weapon and practice all the time.

  22. Trebor Says:

    You know as well as I do no self respecting club would do something as despicable as taking out an adversary in front of family.

  23. Mike Smith Says:

    As I whiled away over fifteen years in federal prison for bull shit, I read nearly every RICO indictment against the Outlaws, the Bandidos and the Hells Angels.
    Nearly everyone was a litany of petty crimes and reverse stings all sewed together by the gossamer of The Enterprise.
    In one of the original Florida RICO’s an Outlaw was charged with, and convicted of, “The distribution of cocaine.” The exact conduct was that while working in a junkyard he wiped of the fender of an old truck and put some fat lines for his Brothers to toot. They statyed in jail for nearly three years before they went to trial, and then his trial lasted for two years and during that time one of the jurors died. He got twenty-five years for that.
    Look at the Whatcom County RICO. They spent nearly two years in jail while the government tried to build a case against them. The government had no case before it locked them up.
    They lock people up waiting for someone to panic and tell on the others.
    Which makes the atrocity in Waco even more amazing.
    After three years, not one of the nearly two hundred people arrested has asked for a plea deal or offered to testify! What are the odds of that?

  24. david Says:

    Same shit smell as in Waco. See: George Carlin – America is a full of shit country, Aug.10,2014 @ you tube

  25. Paula Carroll Swann Says:

    I am glad that I am not the only one who believe this. I sat in the court and on break I told Casie that I don’t see any military training of the Romo brothers and of that shot it seems to me that someone with training made it. Not 1 person saw or heard anything and why didn’t they have the lead Detective Rodriguez testify? As for the officer who did testify said he was on break for lunch, and it happened at 7:pm, here in Texas we call that DINNER.
    The cop said that shot was taken from the roof of a building, but it was said it was taken from the overpass.
    As to my understanding that P & P wasn’t in the National position during 2006.
    Plus that same weekend was the Bandido’s Birthday Party Run & all was down in South Texas.

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