The names of four defendants cooperating with the government’s racketeering charge against the Mongols Motorcycle Club became public knowledge over the weekend. The plea and sentencing agreements between the Department of Justice and the four former members of the club are still officially secret.
A week ago, the Associated Press sued to have the plea deals revealed. A hearing on that suit is scheduled for next month.
Newman And Loza
John “Weto” Newman has pled guilty to one count of “racketeering.” Specifically, Newman has stated that he and Christopher “Punk Rock” Loza beat and stabbed two men at a Mobil gas station in Pasadena, California on April 6, 2008 and that the attack was an act “of violence for the Mongols.”
Newman has also told government investigators that immediately after the incident he called “high-ranking Mongols members to alert them of the stabbing.”
Newman has also stated in writing that “on June 6, 2008 at the Mongols National Run” he and Loza were “awarded the Mongols ‘Respect Few Fear None’ patch” in recognition and gratitude for the attack.
The Mongols Enterprise
As part of the deal, Newman has agreed that the attack “related to his role as a member of the Mongols. He also (agreed) that he joined the enterprise (the Mongols MC) knowing that its members and associates…would commit multiple racketeering offenses including acts of violence and drug trafficking crimes.”
In return the government has agreed to dismiss all charges against Newman except the single racketeering count and to ask that his punishment on that count be reduced.
Loza has also pled guilty and agreed to a deal similar to Newman’s.
Nieves And Shawley
Public documents filed Sunday also reveal that Juan Manuel “Listo” Nieves and William “Dago Bull” Shawley have pled guilty to racketeering and agreed that the Mongols motorcycle Club is a criminal conspiracy.
Nieves has been identified as a Mongols “Records Custodian” in public documents. The same documents indicate that he collected money from lower ranking members of the club and passed it up to more senior club officers.
Seventy-nine members and former members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club were indicted on multiple charges including racketeering last October. One of the defendants has since died. Twenty-four of the remaining defendants have agreed to plea deals.