Two more defendants in the big government case against the Pagans Motorcycle Club agreed to plea and sentencing agreements last Friday.
Michael Roy “Butterbean” Sneed, 43, of Charleston, West Virginia and Thomas “Grumpy” Morris, 67, of Dunbar, West Virginia have both 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.”
Sneed’s plea deal stipulates that:
“Between January and October of 2008, on numerous occasions, Sneed along with other members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club including Eric Wolfe, Stephen Bailey, David Cremeans and Daniel Copen would order Wes Hudnall, a Pagans prospect, and Donnie Workman to purchase cocaine for their use. Sneed knew that Edward Parsons was a source for the cocaine he purchased. The Pagans members, including Mr. Sneed, typically ordered Hudnall and Workman to purchase an 8 ball quantity of cocaine. Hudnall and Workman would purchase the cocaine from Parsons and then return to the clubhouse and give the cocaine to the Pagans member who sent them to buy it. The Pagans member would then distribute it among other Pagans Motorcycle Club members for his own and for the other members’ use. Many of the Pagans members were frequent users of cocaine including Eric Wolfe, Stephen Bailey, David Cremeans, Daniel Copen, Donnie Workman, Elmer Moore and James Claypool.”
Sneed also confessed that Hudnall and Workman delivered between “100 and 200 grams of powder cocaine.”
Sneed pled guilty to one count of drug conspiracy and will be sentenced for a Level 18 Offense. He will probably be sentenced to between 27 and 48 months imprisonment on March 11, 2010.
Morris confessed that:
“In May 2006 Thomas Morris approached Floyd B. Moore about having a person killed for reasons personal to Morris. Morris spoke to Moore about this because of Moore’s position in the Pagans Motorcycle Club. Morris was a local chapter President of the Avengers Motorcycle Club. Morris knew that Moore was the National Vice President of the Pagans.”
Morris’ intended victim was allegedly a woman at whom he had grown angry. The woman is still alive and unharmed.
Morris also confessed:
“The Pagans Motorcycle Club was a national criminal organization that used violence and intimidation to gain control of territory and to maintain control of its territories. The pagans had chapters in numerous states and the criminal enterprise affected interstate commerce…. The Pagans criminal enterprise consisted of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, its support clubs and its associates. Both Moore and Morris were part of the Pagans Motorcycle Club criminal enterprise.”
Morris pled guilty to “conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering.” Morris will be sentenced for a Level 33 Offense. Level 33 Offenses carry a minimum punishment of 135 months imprisonment but Morris’ agreement states that Morris will be exposed to a “Maximum Potential Penalty” of ten years. He will also be sentenced March 11, 2010.
Previous Cooperation Agreements
In late October four defendants, Eric Lyttle, 30, James Lyttle, 55, William Hankins Sr., 54, and Edward Parsons, 29, agreed to reduced sentences in return for cooperating with prosecutors.
About a month ago, two more defendants in the case, Donnie Ray “Hoss” Workman and James N. Maggio also decided to burn their bridges and make a fresh start with their lives.