The guilty pleas of four more former members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club were published by the court this week. All four pled guilty to racketeering on behalf of the Mongols. The four men are Brian McCauley, David Gil, Daniel Medel, and Austin Klint Melcer.
It is difficult to read any legal strategy into the pleas but the speed with which agreements are being made might indicate that Acting United States Attorney George S. Cardona has less of his career invested in destroying the Mongols than former U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien did.
O’Brien quit his job on September 1st. He explained his resignation by saying it was “time to go out and find new challenges.” He served as U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles for a little less than 23 months. O’Brien will now defend “white collar” criminals for the Paul Hastings law firm. He was appointed U.S. Attorney by George W. Bush.
Brian McCauley is a former Sergeant-At-Arms of the San Diego chapter of the Mongols who pled guilty to the predicate “crimes” of belonging to the Mongols and “participating in leadership meetings” with former Club President Ruben “Doc” Cavazos and other Mongols leaders. He “further agrees that his conduct was related to his membership in the Mongols Gang and was committed in furtherance of the criminal enterprise and knowing that its members and associates would commit racketeering offenses.”
McCauley will probably serve three years probation.
David Gil admitted that he “and a co-defendant sold approximately 11 grams of actual methamphetamine to a confidential government informant and an undercover law enforcement officer” on May 24th, 2006. On May 31st he sold 9.6 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover cop. And on July 21st he “and a codefendant sold approximately 15.4 grams of actual methamphetamine to a UC.” He also admits he committed these crimes “in furtherance of the criminal enterprise.”
Gil will probably be sentenced to somewhere between 51 and 78 months in prison.
Daniel Medel, is the former Sergeant-At-Arms of the Northeast Los Angeles chapter of the Mongols. He admits that on October 6, 2007 he was awarded a “Respect Few Fear None” patch. Four months earlier, on May 31, 2007, he admits that he “told a co-defendant that he was going to inform another co-defendant and other members of the Mother Chapter that a member of the Northeast Los Angeles Chapter of the Mongols gang was not paying dues.”
Finally, the week before Christmas that year “a co-defendant informed defendant Medel that the co-defendant believed his house was about to be raided by law enforcement. Defendant Medel instructed the co-defendant to contact him right before his house was raided so that defendant Medel could advise other members of the Mongols gang.”
As has been the case in all of these Count One pleas, Medel “agrees that his conduct was related to his membership in the Mongols and was committed in furtherance of the criminal enterprise and knowing that its members and associates, including defendant, would commit racketeering offenses.”
Medel will probably be sentenced to 15 to 21 months in prison.
Austin Klint Melcer agreed to a sealed plea deal late last month. The plea was unsealed this week.
Melcer and defendant Norberto Jose Montes were alleged to have beaten a man named Leon Huddleston to death in a bar called Young’s Tavern in Lancaster, California on Saint Valentine’s Day in 2007. Last month Melcer pled guilty to racketeering.
Melcer admits to having been an “associate of the Mongols criminal enterprise.” He also admits that his “actions were related to his membership in the Mongols” and so on.
Melcer will probably be sentenced to between 63 and 87 months in prison.