Green On Green

November 25, 2011

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The Sparks mess has taken an unexpected twist. According to Scott Sonner of The Associated Press, the key witness before the Washoe County, Nevada grand jury that returned an indictment last week was a long-time Vago.

The grand jury indicted two Vagos and a Hells Angel for conspiracy to commit second degree murder in the death of Hells Angels San Jose charter President Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew on September 23 at a casino in Sparks, Nevada. Pettigrew was shot and stabbed in a brawl between about 60 Vagos and a dozen Angels. A medical examiner reported that Pettigrew was stabbed repeatedly in the face and was shot five times. Two Vagos were also shot during the brawl and a third Vago was shot the next day.


The indicted men are San Jose Angel Cesar Villagrana, San Jose Vago Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez, who is alleged to have shot Pettigrew and Los Angeles Vago Stuart Gary “Jabbers” Rudnick.

Sonner described the Vago who talked to the grand jury as “a 27-year veteran of the…Vagos motorcycle gang.” According to the AP the witness testified “under the condition of confidentiality.” The witness told the grand jury that Vagos national club officers had talked with Pettigrew an hour before the fight started and the unnamed Vago and Pettigrew had agreed that the two clubs would co-exist on the casino floor.

The Transcript

Throughout his account, Sonner quotes a 278 page transcript of the Vago’s testimony. The Aging Rebel has not yet seen that transcript.

The Vago testified that he and Pettigrew had the following exchange. “Everything is going to be all right,” Pettigrew told the Vago. “I’m getting too old for this.”

The Vago replied, “I’m getting too old for this, too.”

The Vago layed responsibility for the fight an hour later solely on Rudnick’s shoulders. “Jabbers has a big mouth. He’s always had a big mouth.” According to Sonner, Rudnick has been voted out of the Vagos Motorcycle Club.

Jabbers Rudnick

The witness testified that Rudnick was determined to provoke a fight. “This was diffused by national. National went down there and talked to them. Everything was worked out, there was no problems.” When Rudnick continued to taunt Pettigrew the Angel punched Rudnick in the face and the brawl began.

“All hell broke loose,” the Vago told the grand jury. “Just bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam. There were so many shots, shots going off through this whole melee, I’m surprised a citizen didn’t get shot because anyone could have walked around the corner or walked out of the bathroom and got shot.”

The Vago testified that the assault was premeditated. “There’s Jabbers putting on his gloves,” the testifying Vago told the grand jury as they all watched a video-recording of the incident. “The reason he is putting on his gloves is for one reason only, it is a premeditated thing they are going to start some action. This thing is going to go off.”

Police Radio Traffic

The blank “videos” below contain about 12 minutes of police radio traffic in the aftermath of the shootings.


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18 Responses to “Green On Green”

  1. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    What a fucking RAT… Right or wrong you never become a snitch fuck! I can not begin to verbalize the sickness I feel or the pain in my heart.
    I’m truly embarrassed of and disappointed in this individual mentioned above.

    There is no excuse RAT!


    Viva Los Vagos

  2. Not Surprised Says:

    “According to the AP the witness testified “under the condition of confidentiality.”

    The above is both misleading and confusing. Almost ALL Grand Jury testimony is “confidential.” The article reads as if the unnamed witness volunteered. It is highly likely he was subpoenaed or threatened with subpoena originally, because he was there and possibly on some of the film form the reported 44 video cameras in operation that night. This of course, even if true, does not excuse his decision to testify as he supposedly did.

    “Throughout his account, Sonner quotes a 278 page transcript of the Vago’s testimony. The Aging Rebel has not yet seen that transcript.”

    AP most likely filed for release of information and won some sort of right to publish parts of the testimony. I cannot imagine any other way they got the “Exclusive” (their word).

    At any rate, I could be all wrong and the unnamed witness could have accepted some sort of deal and maybe got some pending charges against himself deferred; hard to say from here.

    27 years is a long time. Maybe the dude opted for this as some sort of “retirement plan” but I am doubtful that he did so without some, major reciprocity on charges pending or not yet filed. Scratching my head on this one. Being subpoenaed is one thing but becoming a witness for the prosecution is another.

    If the things quoted in the AP article are in fact true, it does put the Sparks incident in an entirely different light, and if true, would seem to support one theory of the event as proposed by Rebel intially that he had a source which stated there was friction more beteeen two individuals than between two clubs.

    As for “Jabber” (and again assuming the witness testimony is factual) man you can’t go up against Corporate like that and walk away.

  3. sohn Says:

    Grand Juries in Nevada may be the most fair and reasonable in the U.S.. They (Nevada state Grand Juries) are not suppose to be conducted in total secrecy. A “Marcum” notice is required to be sent out to all; targets, potential-targets and discovered-targets of the proposed indictment. Upon receiving a “Marcum” notice, said targets can offer to appear or have a statement read in front of or to the Grand Jury. As far as a witnesses “confidentiality”, that would have to be turned over as discovery in the criminal case; I believe we all still have the right to face our accusers. Since Gammic is basing his charges on the challenge to fight theory, all the defendants will have to be able to cross this witnesses testimony.

  4. Not so fast... Says:

    I’d reserve judgement on whether or not the Grand Jury actually heard from a “27 year veteran” of the Vagos. Grand Jury testimony concerning the August 2010 “shootout” between the HA’s and Vagos came largely from one Alfred Azevedo. In press accounts he was first described as a Vago (though no one actually said “patched member”, a distinction that the press may be totally unaware of). Later, he’s described as a “hangaround”. Eventually it is revealed that he’s a CI for the GIITEM, a fancy acronym for the Arizona state cop’s biker unit. So, they may totally have a long time patched Vago serving up large amounts of testimony. But it’s equally possible that tomorrow we’re going to read that this guy is a 27 year hangaround or even a CI.

    Something else I found interesting, during testimony at the pretrial hearing for the seven Angel’s charged in the Chino Valley incident:

    “Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Detective David Zavos – the lead investigator in the Chino Valley case – offered a grand jury the following impressionistic analysis of the combatants: “The Vagos, for the most part, are not a real aggressive gang. They are somewhat family oriented, opposed to the Hells Angels, who are more into criminal enterprise.””

  5. rollinnorth Says:

    More likely under a grant of immunity that he testified, or testilied. Such a shame if he was truly a long time member. A RAT is a rat, is a rat,…

  6. annoymous Says:

    This is just sad. Jabbers, a sold, longtime member, is now in custody for defending himself and his club. In turn, a member of his club (members (plural), if you knew the whole story) sold him out in hopes to calm the waters with the other side, hoping to shift the blame from the club and pin it on an individual. Jabbers’ club was trying to do this since the day after the incident, well before this article ran. Jabbers is a good man, and a good brother, and it is a shame he is being railroaded for the sake of politics.

  7. Rebel Says:

    Dear Not so fast,

    I hear you. As I said, I don’t have a name and I haven’t seen the testimony. And, I don’t know how involved the ATF is in this. As far as the bullshit that gets spouted by “gang experts” and ATF agents…well…I keep trying to expose that.

    The day before I ran this piece, I wrote something like how it would be a shock if any Vagos or Angels testified. So, this story kind of shocked me. All I can do is report it and keep following the story.

    It is pretty clear to me that the Sparks mess is the next big biker story. I don’t know how I am going to cover the case adequately but I am working on it.


  8. annoymous Says:

    meant to say Jabbers was a *solid member

  9. Lawyer'd Up Says:

    Annoymous – Gary, aka “jabbers” is a good dude. His kids are being baby sat by me right now as I type this. But to say “a member sold him out to calm the waters with the other side” is 100% false. The bitch who testified at the Grand Jury can ONLY be one of two people.

    Rebel – you keep working it I am sure you will have something to tell us soon.


  10. Rebel Says:

    Dear Lawyer’d Up,

    Oh indeed.


  11. Not Surprised Says:

    Lawyer’d Up:

    Without knowing you, I do want to say you have my respect for what you are doing for those kids.

  12. sled tramp Says:

    “But DEPuty…dem’s BIKERS I’s tells ya!”

  13. Rashomon Says:

    Sounds like one of those old Burt Reynolds movies – you just can’t make this stuff up.

  14. Philo Says:

    This, if true, doesn’t surprise me. I’ve sat in meetings after incidents like this, (although none as public as this) and watched as men I respected took a bunch of shit from punks, just to ‘calm the waters’. I always understood it, but I didn’t always agree with it.

    The problem I see with these really big clubs is there’s no ‘escape valve’ for hard-case members. We used to take them, (the real loud mouth hard-cases) down to the pub or the other club’s house and let them fight, sans patch. That way they either shut the fuck up, or got it out of their system. No patches let everyone save face and larger conflicts were often avoided all together.

  15. Sikovit Says:

    Jabbers is a solid dude for sure and its too bad he’s dealing with this, what ever happened to self defense?

  16. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    Lmao Sled… Redneck twang and all!

  17. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    Amen. Philo…

  18. john Says:

    Just to set the record straight that man that ratted on the club was not a National officer nor was he a 27 year member

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