Mongols Trial Unlikely

March 7, 2010

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It is beginning to look unlikely that any of the defendants in the Mongols Motorcycle Club case will ever stand trial.

The prosecution does not want the case to go to trial. The government has both secrets and promises to keep. A usually informed source has said that on at least one occasion, the government used the poor health of former presiding judge, Florence-Marie Cooper, to strategically threaten defendants with the specter of a sterner and less informed judge in this complex case.

Last Thursday, three defendants arrived in court and were surprised to learn that they were there to formalize pleas to which they had agreed during Judge Cooper’s final days.

The ATF investigation of the Mongols, called Operation Black Rain, seems to have crawled with illegalities. Even if those legal violations are not provably true, because the case will never be tried so no one will ever look, the unfairness of the investigation is self-evident. The unfairness of the prosecution is also self-evident. The defense seems powerless against it. The usually informed source also said that “for the most part” the remaining defense attorneys “are seeking to have their clients plead.”

This may be less than a total victory by the ATF over motorcycle clubs in general and the Mongols Motorcycle Club in particular. But book, news and television accounts will portray Black Rain as a total victory.

Four Sentenced Last Week

Four more men were sentenced by Judge Otis D Wright. All four men pled guilty to Count One of the indictment, which alleges that the motorcycle club was a racketeering enterprise that engaged in crime for profit.

David Edward Gil was sentenced to eight years and one month in prison and supervised release for four years.

Anthony Zuniga was sentenced by Judge Wright to five years probation.

Ricardo Gutierrez was sentenced to four years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Brandon Cheville was sentenced to five years probation.

Three Pleas Entered

Three defendants formally had their guilty pleas to Count One of the Indictment accepted by Judge David O. Carter in Orange County.

Mark Garcia will be sentenced by Judge Carter at 7:30 am on July 6th. Michael Bill Munz will be sentenced an hour later.

William Owens will be sentenced at 7:30 am on July 9th.

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15 Responses to “Mongols Trial Unlikely”

  1. leonardmv Says:

    much resect to the mongols

  2. Suave Says:

    MONGOLS ARE BIGGER THEN EVER, I SEE THEM ALL THE TIME AROUND CALI. MUCH RESPECT TO THEM. AND MY CONDOLENCES TO THE CLUB AND LET THERE BE HELL TO THE COWARDS!!!

  3. sled tramp Says:

    ALL RESPECT AND CONDOLENCES TO MONGOLS MC OLD SOUTH BAY AND THE FAMILY OF RAMBLER 1%ER.GREATLY SADDENED TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS.
    SLED TRAMP

  4. Cali 1% Says:

    Sled Tramp, Thanks very much for the condolences in regards to Lil Ed. He was a good man, a righteous Brother, and a Mongol through and through. For those of us that knew him, he will be greatly missed. R.I.P. my Brother! And the rest of Chapter 13, “The Best of The Best”! HUAH!!

  5. sled tramp Says:

    CONDOLENCES TO THE MONGOL NATION ON THE LOSS OF YOUR BROTHER Lil Ed.

  6. sled tramp Says:

    Sending out a support message to the Boyle Heights Mongols.
    All respect to you and yours.May you long be in the wind.
    You have a friend in Orygun,
    sled tramp

  7. cool hand luke Says:

    Rebel what are the chances that the state will bring further charges against the defendants I know about double jeporday but look bat what oklahoma did to the mcintosh county sheriff after the feds got done with him he was cought pulling poeple over on freeway and stealing their money under the currancy laws

  8. Doc Jones Says:

    The Creep,
    Thank you for clearing that up. What you said makes perfect sense. Thanks again

  9. The Creep Says:

    Doc Jones,
    At first sight, I was appauled that pleas were being made. But then I thought about the entire situation. Doc Cavazos really screwed things up. I’m sure it wasn’t difficult for the Feds to get all kinds of nasty little tidbits while he was in power. The members who got rolled up and are facing charges, are up against an ATF that DOES NOT want to go to trial, so they will do whatever it takes to keep that from happening. It has to get to a point where you just have to cut your losses and a club has to take a hit sometimes and look out for it’s members. I think that’s what the Mongols are doing. The defendants are just gonna keep sitting in jail if they were to all press the issue of taking this to trial. Yeah, it sucks, but sometimes that’s how it goes. The M.C. isn’t going anywhere and they will recover. I know these guys wouldn’t be signing those pleas without thinking about it long and hard. Like for weeks on end. It still may be a tough pill to swallow, but that’s how it goes. The guys in custody really didn’t do anything wrong in most cases, but they really don’t have a fighting chance against the ATF at this point.

  10. Doc Jones Says:

    I still don’t understand how pleading guilty to the club being a racketeering enterprise doesn’t severly hurt the club. I have to admitt that I am not involved with the club and have no idea why it’s OK to make such a plea. I guess I’m old school and back in the day making such a plea was not OK. Would someone please enlighten me on this? Please understand that I’m not saying this is right or wrong. I am only asking for clarification. Thanks!!

    Doc

  11. foolish Says:

    Is there still more MONGOLS waiting to be tried.. I have not heard anything about Hector Largo Gonzales?

  12. Rebel Says:

    Dear Brooks,

    Mike Munz admitted to being a leader of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, arranging a polygraph exam and going to some meetings, including one in Atlantic City. Federal sentencing is a television game show reduced to numbers. Munz agreed to be sentenced to a base level 27 offense plus two points for an “aggravating role,” which is to say he was a club officer, minus three points for agreeing to sign the plea deal. That works out to lucky number 26. He has a prior conviction so he may be classified in the “Criminal History Category II.” Where those two lines intersect on the sentencing table says 70 – 87 months. If the judge is merciful and wise a trip to Atlantic City may only deserve 70 months in the penitentiary. Federal law mandates that he do 80 percent of that. He should be given credit for time served so he could be out in a little more than three years. If everything goes right. If Mrs. Judge Carter puts the nooky down real good over July 4th weekend.

    If Judge and Mrs. Carter get drunk and have a fight, who knows.

    “The Criminal History Category is determined by the total criminal history points” which is from a whole other table. He could wind up doing a full six years. My best guess is another three. I am just guessing.

    Rebel

  13. JAMES Says:

    It’s a shame that the FEDS pull this kind of antics and are abel to get away with it, being LE you would think that they would be held accountable for playing games with lives using so much tax payer money in order to do so, the old saying says to “fight fire with fire” the FEDS are as much if not more so criminal than anyone they bring to court, looks as though they break the laws they write, making them as bad if not worse than the defendants( not saying MONGOLS MEMBERS ARE GUILTY OF ANYTHING), lock up some FEDS and make them pay out of their pockets so they will get to know first hand how it feels instead of having FED MONEY to fall back on.

  14. BigV Says:

    Free All Outlaw Bikers.

    END RICO: FREEDOM IS ON LIFE SUPPORT AND THE POWER IS FLICKERING.

  15. Brooks Says:

    How much time is Munz looking at?

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