Ninth Pagan Plea Deal

December 17, 2009

All Posts, News

Fifteen days ago, on December 2, James R. “Bones” Claypool became the ninth defendant in the current federal case against the Pagans Motorcycle Club to agree to cooperate with prosecutors. The plea agreement had been sealed until yesterday.

As with every other cooperating defendant in the case, Claypool 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 Formal Confession

As part of his deal, Claypool has already stated for the record that he “was a member of the Buckhannon, West Virginia chapter of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. Elmer Luke Moore, also known as “Tramp,” was the president of the Buckhannon, West Virginia chapter of the Pagans. As a local chapter president, Elmer Moore could and did order members of his chapter, such as Claypool, to commit crimes.

“On January 10, 2009, a mandatory Pagans event was held in Hammonton, New Jersey. Claypool, Steve Knight, also known as “Steve-O,” and Brian Mitchell, also known as “Kegs,” traveled from West Virginia to Hammonton, New Jersey to attend the event. Other Pagans members including Elmer Moore, Eric W. Wolfe, also known as “Fritz,” and a person known to both parties (the “Known Person”,) traveled to Hammonton, New Jersey from St. Albans, Kanawha County, West Virginia, within the Southern District of West Virginia. Also present at the event were Pagans members from chapters in New Jersey and Philadelphia, among others.”

The “Known Person”

“After arriving in New Jersey, the “Known Person” reported to one of the hotel rooms at the hotel where the Pagans members were staying. When the “Known Person” arrived at the room, several Pagans members including Rocco J. Boyd, also known as “Rocky,” Joseph Frank Cotton, also known as “Rattler,” and others were present in the room. The members accused the “Known Person” of being an informant and searched him for a wire. Elmer Moore and Claypool then came into the room and Elmer Moore ordered Claypool to hit the “Known Person.” Claypool hit the “Known Person” in the head. Other Pagans members also hit the “Known Person.” The “Known Person” was beaten by the Pagans members because they believed he was working for law enforcement and providing information to law enforcement about crimes committed by the Pagans.

“Elmer Moore ordered Claypool to beat the “Known Person” for those same reasons. Members of the Pagans were always concerned that their organization would be infiltrated by law enforcement officers or by people cooperating with law enforcement officers, so when they suspected someone was such a person, like Elmer Moore, Claypool and others thought of the “Known Person,” they assaulted and intimidated those people to discourage them from staying in the Pagans and from cooperating with law enforcement. Claypool was aware that the Pagans believed the “Known Person” was cooperating with law enforcement and that he was communicating information to law enforcement officers about the commission of federal offenses committed in the Southern District of West Virginia, and Claypool knowingly and voluntarily followed Elmer Moore’s orders to hit the Known Person.”

Claypool Gets

Claypool had been charged in the indictment with six criminal violations: Obstruction of Justice; violent crime in aid of racketeering; criminal conspiracy; working as a bodyguard for a violent felon; possessing a firearm after being convicted of domestic violence; and distribution of cocaine.

A cruel judge could have run the charges to give Claypool up to 30 years in prison.

After he agreed to cooperate the prosecution agreed to drop all charges against him except a single charge of obstruction of justice.

Previously in the Pagans Case

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 six weeks ago Donnie Ray “Hoss” Workman and James N. Maggio also decided to burn their bridges and make a fresh start with their lives. And, more recently Michael Roy “Butterbean” Sneed and Thomas “Grumpy” Morris promised to take off their patches and leave their motorcycle club behind.

, , , , , , , , , , ,

8 Responses to “Ninth Pagan Plea Deal”

  1. Not Surprised Says:

    Sounds like “The Known Person” was pretty well “known”.

  2. bob Says:

    anybody else appreciate the irony of beating up “The Known Person” and then later cooperating?

  3. docb Says:

    Not Suprised:

    Maybe thet’s his real name…………. Fred Theknownperson…I think it’s Sweedish or something.

    bob: Being a known person is probably harder than being a cooperating person, but now the cooperating person is also a known person, and the lasting effects of either position are a bitch anyway.


  4. THEONE Says:


  5. docb Says:

    To All:

    This is from a newspaper article dater 12/18/09:
    It’s mostly a reprint of press releases from LE
    Rebel will probably have more complete information.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A St. Albans man who is the national vice president of the Pagans Motorcycle Club pleaded guilty in federal court to racketeering charges on Friday.
    Floyd B. Moore, 64, who goes by the names “Jesse” and “Diamond Jesse” in the biker world, admitted that he violated federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization, or RICO, laws. Congress passed RICO laws in 1970 in an effort to crack down on the Mafia’s criminal activities.
    Moore’s plea concedes that the Pagans were, at least at one time, a criminal organization that used violence and intimidation to keep rival motorcycle gangs out of its territory, which spans from New Jersey to Florida and includes West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
    As national vice president, Moore was a member of the gang’s “mother club,” or governing council. Moore oversaw Philadelphia, New Jersey, Florida, New York and West Virginia, according to stipulation of facts attached to his plea agreement.
    Along with national Pagans President David J. “Bart” Barbeito, 49, of Myersville, Md., Moore was one of the main defendants in a 44-count indictment unsealed by federal prosecutors in October.
    Moore was named in 17 counts, including charges of plotting to murder an incarcerated Pagan believed to be providing information to the government, extortion and strong-arming members of smaller biker gangs, which served as support clubs for the Pagans.
    In exchange for his guilty plea to the racketeering charge, which encompasses a broad swath of criminal activity, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steven Loew and Blaire Malkin agreed to drop the 16 other charges.
    Moore, a journeyman lineman who retired from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 2003, admitted that he put Thomas Morris, the local president of the Avengers Motorcycle Club, in touch with a Pagan who would kill a woman Morris wanted dead for personal reasons. Moore also admitted that he helped collect proceeds from illegal raffles, money that ultimately went to Barbeito
    Each year, members of the [Pagans] sold 5,000 tickets for ten dollars each, raising $50,000 for the [Pagans]. All of this money from the sale of the raffle tickets went to Barbeito who had sole control over how to spend the money,” the stipulation states. “For example, in 2008, Barbeito decided to give each mother club member $1,000.”
    Moore faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced on April 15 by U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.
    As part of his plea deal, Moore agreed to surrender eight rifles and four handguns seized by federal investigators from Moore’s property in Buckhannon on April 28, 2008. He also forfeited $16,000 that David A. “Kicker” Cremeans, who also faces racketeering charges, paid Moore for the Pagans clubhouse in St. Albans on July 17, 2009.
    In a separate hearing, a Virginia man admitted that he helped transport explosives from Virginia to Princeton as part of an effort to stockpile weapons for the Pagans to use against the Hell’s Angels.
    Richard Howard Lacy Smith, 58, of Roanoke, admitted he acted as a go between in June, taking two hand grenades and military-grade C4 to Pagan Ronnie Howerton in Princeton.
    Howerton is not named in the defendant in the 83-page indictment.
    Moore and Smith are the 12th and 13th defendants to strike plea deals with federal prosecutors. Smith faces up to 10 years in prison. Johnston also scheduled Smith’s sentencing for April 15.
    Another defendant, Charles H. “Tombstone Charlie” Nichols, 57, of Roanoke, Va., died in October while in custody at the South Central Regional Jail. Authorities said Nichols died of complications of previous medical conditions

  6. Not Surprised Says:

    Could be wrong on this but I read he also surrendered the money paid to him personally for the Pagan’s clubhouse which, if accurate, may mean he has some legal standing as custodian of the trademark despite being National VP instead of P.

    Looks like they aren’t going to give up trying to sieze colors as an asset.


  1. morris o\'brian - March 19, 2010

    […] (required) Website. Check Us Out. Brian Mark, David Brown & Carolyn Shelby take on the …Ninth Pagan Plea Deal | The Aging RebelClaypool, Steve Knight, also known as Steve-O, and Brian Mitchell, also known as Kegs, traveled from […]

Leave a Reply