Two Cavazos Sentenced

September 10, 2011

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Ruben “Doc’ Cavazos, the former President of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, and his son Ruben “Lil Rubes” Cavazos, Jr. were sentenced en camera by Federal District Judge Otis D Wright, II at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 8. En camera proceedings are secret court sessions held in a metaphorical “closet.”

The secret sentencing illustrates the ongoing efforts by prosecutors in this case to conceal the prosecution from public scrutiny. A total of 11 documents related to the sentencing were sealed by Judge Wright. Wright, a former Los Angeles County Sheriff, has never taken pains to hide his hostility toward the Mongols and has openly referred to the club as an “outlaw motorcycle gang” in public sessions of his court.

Both Cavazos agreed to plea and sentencing agreements in January 2009. A key element of Doc Cavazos’ agreement was his forfeiture of the Mongols Club insignia. He confessed, “that the Mongols Registered Trademarks afforded a source of influence over the RICO enterprise that defendant admits he established, operated, controlled, conducted and participated in the conduct of….”

Subsequent court rulings found that the Mongols insignia was a “collective membership mark” that could not, by law, possibly belong to a single man. The government is still appealing that aspect of this Mongols case.

Close But No Stuffed Disco Bunny

Doc Cavazos appears now to have been the second former Mongol to begin cooperating with the government’s attempt to shut down and outlaw the Mongols. Doc Cavazos former “right hand man” Lawrence Robert “Lars” Wilson, III entered into a plea and cooperation agreement with the government on Christmas Eve 2008.

Doc Cavazos, seems to have agreed to his plea deal, at least in part, in order to help save his son. Doc’s deal was contingent on two key elements.

The first element was that Cavazos would meet regularly with ATF Special Agent John Ciccone, Prosecutor Christopher Brunwin and others and truthfully tell investigators everything he knew about the so-called “Mexican Mafia,” the Mongols and other motorcycle clubs including but not limited to the Pagans Motorcycle Club.

The second element was the delivery of the Mongols name and insignia to the government on a silver platter. Cavazos could not fulfill this condition. The fact that he could not do so has more to do with the ignorance of federal prosecutors, federal copyright law and the stubbornness of the late Honorable Florence Marie Cooper than Doc’s failure to try hard enough to please his captors.

In the end, the Mongols continued to exist so Doc and his son are probably going to stay in prison. It is possible, but very unlikely, that both men are now free and enrolled in the U.S. Marshall’s witness relocation program.

The Drawn Curtain

The official stated reason for the secrecy of so many Mongols court proceedings and of these sentencings is concern for the safety of Doc Cavazos and his son. Lil Rubes Cavazos was attacked and beaten in his San Bernardino lockup last year by assailants the prosecution believes are associated with the so-called Mexican Mafia.

An additional reason to keep all of this secret is that the actual details of the investigation and prosecution of the Mongols would at least embarrass both the ATF and the Department of Justice if they were to become public enough to receive national attention. Both Assistant United States Attorney Brunwin and at least five ATF Agents could be in actual jeopardy of criminal prosecution if details of the Mongols case become widely known and acknowledged.

Brunwin has also used prosecutorial secrecy as a weapon throughout this case to intimidate defendants into cooperating with government investigators and to force defendants to plead guilty to racketeering. Throughout the case these coerced guilty pleas have been cited and used as evidence to further the argument that the Mongols is, or at least was, a kind of criminal empire.

The Crack of Light

There is some tangible evidence that both Cavazos seem to think they have been double-crossed by Brunwin.

Lil Rubes Cavazos attorney, Gregory Nicolaysen, filed an angry memorandum last Tuesday, September 6, in which he complained: “Defendant Ruben Cavazos, Jr. hereby submits his Reply to the government’s sentencing position paper which was filed on Friday, September 2, 2011, the Friday before the Labor Day weekend and less than a week prior to the September 8 hearing. This Reply includes objections to, and a motion to strike, specific assertions contained in the government’s position as being wholly lacking in any evidentiary foundation or support. In contrast to the government’s late filing, defendant Ruben Cavazos, Jr. filed his sentencing position on June 7, 2011.”

Nicolaysen’s June 7 filing asked for a significant reduction in his client’s potential sentence based on Lil Rubes cooperation. The government’s sentencing position paper remains sealed. “There is no excuse for the government filing its sentencing position on Friday, September 2, 2011, the Friday before the long Labor Day weekend and less than a week prior to the September 8 sentencing hearing, particularly after the sentencing hearing had been continued multiple times,” Nicolaysen complained.

One of Brunwin’s favorite tactics throughout the case has been to surprise defendants with evidence, motions and other legal maneuvers at the last moment in order to place defendants at the maximum possible disadvantage.

“The entire government position should be stricken because it presents a sentencing recommendation based on bald factual assertions that have no evidentiary support, but there is insufficient time in which counsel for Mr. Cavazos, Jr. can present a meaningful response prior to the sentencing hearing,” Nicolaysen complained to Judge Wright.

The government recommend a 2 point sentencing table reduction in Lil Rubes Cavazos sentence. Nicolaysen was seeking a “time-served sentence.”

Sexual Exploitation

Brunwin also told Judge Wright:

“The government notes that the instant offense, and specifically the conduct of this defendant, involves the most serious crimes, specifically, armed attacks, murders and assaults committed by the membership of a very large and powerful criminal enterprise. This defendant assumed and conducted a leadership role in an organization that rewarded violence, intimidation and sexual exploitation. This defendant played a very specific and knowing role in the commission of those offenses. That role showed, at a minimum, a callous indifference to the suffering it brought to other people’s lives and the abuse of others outside the organization.”

Nicolaysen replied, “Nonsense. Prove it.”

Nicolaysen seemed particularly offended by Brunwin’s accusation of sexual exploitation. “Where did the government come up with that one? There is NO EVIDENCE of any of that. This is the very definition of character assassination. To suggest that Mr. Cavazos, Jr. had any connection with sexual exploitation – either personally or in his leadership capacity at the Mongols – is deplorable. The government has no evidence of this, and it never happened.”

At one point during the Mongols investigation, Lil Rubes Cavazos’ girlfriend was being regularly debriefed by Special Agent Ciccone. The “sexual exploitation” accusation may be connected to that.

Cooperators Betrayed

In the end, Nicolaysen’s words indicate that both Ruben Cavazos and his son feel betrayed by the government. The defense attorney wrote:

“Every defendant in this 77-defendant case has pleaded guilty. The Cavazos defendants pleaded guilty early, and their cooperation was widely known, as discussed in the original sentencing position paper which includes excerpts from a web site called ‘The Aging Rebel’ which broadcast their cooperation on the Internet. There is no question that many, if not all, co-defendants considered as a factor in their decision to plead guilty, the fact that the two Cavazos defendants were cooperating.

“Thus, both Cavazos defendants should receive very generous downward departures simply because their cooperation status from an early stage in this litigation helped the government get many co-defendants to plead out. Inducing co-defendants to plead guilty is a key factor in granting a downward departure for cooperation. Here, there must have been DOZENS of co-defendants who considered the fact that the two Cavazos defendants are cooperators, in making their decision not to go to trial. That consideration is worthy of very generous 5K1 treatment, over and above any information provided by the Cavazos defendants during cooperation meetings.”

Nicolaysen’s assertion that “dozens of codefendants” were bullied into prison by prosecutors armed with whatever secrets the two Cavazos were reporting is correct. Now, after they have both told prosecutors everything they know and everything they can invent, the great legal beast has turned his dreadful, heartless gaze on them.


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26 Responses to “Two Cavazos Sentenced”

  1. El Jefe Says:

    Ex-West Covina biker gang boss gets 14 years in secret sentencing hearing

    Read more:

  2. Shyster Says:


    Hmmmmmm, I will ask some “acquaintances” who practice Federal Defense Downtown. Stay tuned Rebel.


  3. Doc Jones Says:


    Uh….I guess I got on my soap box a little too fast. You make complete sense. How in the hell do I know the real truth……yet? I think my hatered towards the coward Cavazos has fogged my thinking. Thanks rebel for your response.

    Doc Jones

  4. suave Says:

    I agree well said

  5. Rebel Says:

    Dear Doc Jones,

    168 months is, off the top of my head, about as long as anybody got in this case. Considering that Doc Cavazos probably (PROBABLY) spilled his guts about everybody, that he might have been part of the background on now defunct operation Fast and Furious, that he might have been indespensible to an Outlaws bust and a Pagans bust, and that Sammy the Bull Gravano only got five years I think the federales slammed Doc Cavazos real good. You know, Gravano killed something like 14 guys with his own hands. What did Doc do?

    My first question is how come Doc got reamed? If he did, I know part of it is because Chris Brunwin is a shiny, little prick. Part of it is that Doc could not deliver the Mongols patch to the ATF. Possibly, Doc stopped cooperating at some point during the last three years. I also can’t help but notice that: 1)Thom Mrozek still has not put out a press release; 2) the AP has no documentation for their story because there is no documentation; and 3) the AP crowed over their story as an “exclusive.” Really? I mean fucking really? The AP is now going to get “exclusive” rights to cover federal court proceedings? Really? Well, if that is so, how come?

    I don’t know about you, but I think the AP has done a pretty crappy job of covering biker cases in the last decade. I think Christine Pelisek did a much better job with her Vagos story for The Daily Beast than the AP did with the same events.

    I don’t know about you but I have noticed a pattern and practice of public disinformation in this Mongols case for three years. I even bought into that shit myself until I learned that proud patch holder T-Dogg, who was posting comments on this site daily, doing everything he could to discredit the Mongols, was actually ATF Special Agent John Ciccone. That was my satori on this case. That was when I started to wonder what the fuck is really going on.

    So, until I see the fucking public documents or Doc shows up in the prison locator, or I have a conversation with a guy who knows a guy who has actually talked to Doc Cavazos, or something like that I have to assume that it is real possible that the AP just got T-Dogged. Just because the AP reported that Doc got 14 years doesn’t mean that Doc got 14 years. I am not saying he did not. Maybe he did.

    But I am saying that until I see some document, I will continue to follow my hunch, which is that Doc is playing tennis up at China Lake and he has about another 18 months to go.

    Just a hunch. I do not trust any of the government officials connected to this case except press spokesman Thom Mrozek.

    So finally, if there is anybody out there who knows anything, let me just say again that I don’t give a fuck. I ain’t afraid of going to jail for contempt. I do protect sources.


  6. Rebel Says:

    Dear Suave,

    Thanks for your kind words. Book, soon. Wouldn’t have the site active again if I wasn’t close on the book.


  7. Rebel Says:

    Dear Ciccone Fan,

    Thanks. Yeah. I saw it.


  8. Doc Jones Says:

    14 years….HAW!! That’s not a lot of time at all. Just ask some of my lifer Brothers. Never been to PC but I imagine that’s where Cavazos is headed. The thing is, he will be found. It can happen any number of ways. Can anyone imagine how paranoid he must be? His pathetic life depends on the what the cops decide to do. Nobody, not even the cops respect a snitch especially a self proclaimed big shot. I’m certain that at some point he will be dealt with. His biggest downfall is his ego. He is so self absorbed that he won’t be able to live life on the “down low.” Do not rest in peace rat, punk, bitch, Cavazos.

    Doc Jones

  9. suave Says:

    thank u i was thinking 14 is to long, i was thinking they would give half plus time serve. No, thank you always for what you do Rebel. Is your book done by the way?

  10. SA J. Ciccone Sux Says:


    Check this shit out it proves your one big investigation theory.

  11. Rebel Says:

    Thank you Suave,

    Yeah, I saw it.


  12. Rebel Says:

    The Associated Press is reporting that Judge Wright told them that Ruben “Doc” Cavazos was sentenced to 14 years. That means that Doc still has about eight years until his release. Considering that Doc was famous for his charisma and that he has been fully cooperating with Brunwin, Ciccone, the FBI, the DEA and, anyone else who would listen for the last three years I am very surprised. I really thought Doc Cavazos would be sentenced to something more like 6 -8. I think the fact that he wasn’t indicates the vindicativness of the men prosecuting him. I think if he had delivered on turning the patch over to the feds he would be out in another 18 months.


  13. L.A. 1%er Says:

    I’m hearing the punk Rat got 14 years. Does that jibe with what you may be hearing?

  14. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    Doc Jones,

    Glad to hear my Brothers treated you well, we really do try to treat everyone one kindly and with nothing but respect.

    We give what we get…


  15. Doc Jones Says:


    I kicked it with you guys a few years back when you had your run in Coloma and had a great time. I’ve run into some of you from time to time since then and as always have been treated pretty damn good.

    Doc Jones

  16. Anarchy Says:


    such a teaching moment to learn from and see the BS are gov spends tons of chips on and the fact of how to set ppl up and see how talking can sink a ship.
    Respect, Steve

  17. Pretjah Says:

    well said Doc!!!!

    where’s “gangland” to report on this crap…the criminal gang like extortion of the feds and AUSA?

    nope wont bet we’ll be seeing that anytime soon

  18. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    “There is a lesson to be learned here……know who you really are. Can you hold your mud when things get get difficult? Are you as strong as you portray yourself? Do you love your Brothers or do you put yourself above all else? Can you survive outside your comfort zone? The bottom line is, are you a man or a punk? The cops are good at exploiting punks.”

    Very well said Doc, there is no such title of conditional Brother.

  19. Rebel Says:

    Dear AB Brooks,

    Michael Bill Munz was sentenced on December 10, 2010 by Judge David O. Carter to 70 months imprisonment. He was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. All fines were waived. After his imprisonment he faces three years of supervised release. Carter recommended that he be housed at Terminal Island and that he be placed in a 500 hour drug treatment program.


  20. AB Brooks Says:

    What ever happend to Mike Munz was he sentenced and if so what was it.

  21. Doc Jones Says:

    Some may say that Cavazos is a good father who is very protective of his son Lil Rubes. After all, he made sure to include him in his plea deal, always thinking of his beloved son. The thing is……why did all of this happen in the first place. Cavazos saw an opportunity to become a shot caller and included his family in his ambitions. His presumed power was all consuming and he became a big shot role model. When things got a little tight, he squealed like a pig and became the perfect role model of a rat. As if that isn’t enough, he has many people who would like to see him and his family dead. Great father huh? I find it interesting that the cops seem to see him for the scrap that he is and they worked him and now they have apparently thrown him to the curb. What a lonely time for Cavazos having his “Brothers” hate him and the cops laughing at him. His self absorbed way of thinking probably isn’t working that well for him. There is a lesson to be learned here……know who you really are. Can you hold your mud when things get get difficult? Are you as strong as you portray yourself? Do you love your Brothers or do you put yourself above all else? Can you survive outside your comfort zone? The bottom line is, are you a man or a punk? The cops are good at exploiting punks.

    Doc Jones

  22. Shyster Says:

    Trial by jury is the great equalizer. But for the two big fat fucken rats in this “case,” I opine a lot less convictions than the 77 achieved by the American Gestapo utilizing their clearly un-Constitutional tactics had this “case” gone to trial. Fuck the Feds and fuck Judge Otis Wright, John Ciccone and AUSA Brunwin.


    P.S. Always vote Not Guilty when sitting as a juror in a criminal case.

  23. BigV Says:

    Pay not attention to the man behind the curtain.

    We shall now have the 2 minutes of hate for outlaw motorcyclists.

    We love you Big Brother.

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