Now seven of the 55 members and associates of the Pagans Motorcycle Club indicted September 29th have agreed to cooperate with the prosecution.
On October 27th four defendants, Eric Lyttle, 30, James Lyttle, 55, William Hankins Sr., 54, and Edward Parsons, 29, all pled guilty and agreed to “be forthright and truthful with (prosecutors) and other law enforcement agencies with regard to all inquiries made pursuant to this agreement and will give signed, sworn statements and grand jury and trial testimony upon request of the United States.”
The main targets of the 44 count indictment against the Pagans seem to be Pagans National President David Keith “Bart” Barbeito and National Vice President Floyd B. “Diamond Jesse” Moore.
Yesterday James N. Maggio, Defendant 38, pled guilty and agreed to testify against Moore. According to court documents, Maggio asked Moore to help him collect business debts of $16,700 and $13,000.
According to the plea agreement, “Moore put Maggio in touch with Ronnie Howerton, a convicted felon and a member of the (Pagans Motorcycle Club.) Howerton acted as Moore’s personal sergeant at arms and was often ordered to aid Moore or his associates through the use or threatened use of violence and intimidation.”
“In November 2008, Howerton met Maggio in Alexandria, Virginia. In a conversation recorded on November 7, 2008, Maggio provided Howerton with the details regarding the intended victims and the debts he needed collected…. Howerton and Maggio also discussed the extent of the injuries the victims might receive in the process of extorting the money.”
Court documents do not disclose how the conversation between Maggio and Howerton came to be recorded or who recorded it.
Under terms of the agreement Maggio will be sentenced for a guideline level 24 offense and will probably have to serve between 51 and 63 months in prison. Federal prisoners usually must complete at least 80 percent of their sentence before they are eligible for release.
Donnie Ray “Hoss” Workman, Defendant 50, signed a plea agreement October 28th. The agreement was filed November 5th. Workman also agreed to testify against Moore.
Workman has admitted that he was a member of the Pagans and that, on Moore’s order, he obtained a concealed weapons permit and carried that weapon in order to protect Moore.
Moore has pled guilty to Count Twenty-Nine of the indictment which alleges that the Pagans Motorcycle Club is “a criminal enterprise engaged in various types of violent criminal activity.”
James “Timex” Hoback, Defendant 44, made a plea deal November 4th that was filed on November 10th. Hoback pled guilty to obtaining C4 plastic explosive and two hand grenades for the Pagans “ongoing conflict with the (Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.)”
Hoback admitted that he transferred the plastic explosive and grenades to Ronnie Howerton, who seems to have miraculously avoided indictment in this case, “knowing that they would be used to kill, injure or intimidate another individual.”
Hoback pled guilty to one count of interstate transportation of explosives and was released on $10,000 bail on November 11th. Under terms of his agreement he is guilty of a base level 18 offense and can be sentenced to a prison term of 27 to 33 months.