The Ablett Verdict Coverage

February 26, 2012

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There was virtually no press coverage of the trial of Mongols Motorcycle Club member Christopher Bryan “Stoney” Ablett during the last month. Ablett was charged with four counts of racketeering for killing former Hells Angels Frisco charter President Mark “Papa” Guardado in a fight outside a San Francisco bar in Septmeber 2008.

There was, however, some noticeable reaction when Ablett was found guilty of four racketeering crimes last Wednesday.

Bay City News, a San Francisco news wire that employs about 20 freelance reporters, provided the most widely cited coverage of the verdict. The service quoted US Attorney Melinda Haag and provided the copy that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News

The Los Angeles Times reported that Ablett’s nickname is Stoney and summarized the three and a half week trial in two sentences. “Ablett’s claim that the killing was done out of self-defense did not convince the jury. Instead, jurors found he killed his rival to enhance his status with the Mongols.”

Henry K. Lee, the most well known crime reporter in the Bay Area summarized the trial and verdict for the San Francisco Chronicle in three sentences. “During the trial, Ablett testified that he had killed Guardado to protect himself and his friends. Prosecutors argued that Ablett had killed Guardado to boost his standing with the Mongols.  Ablett faces three life terms in prison when he is sentenced May 15.”

 NBC’s coverage of the verdict was minimal.

Erin Sherbort, a reporter for the SF Weekly who may have issues with “white dudes” reported: “Word got to Guardado that a member of his rival gang was not only in town, but wearing a Mongols t-shirt at a bar in the Mission. Needless to say, he didn’t take the news lightly. According to prosecutors, Guardado marched right over to the bar and confronted Ablett.

“Of course, the two got into a fight, which ended when Ablett stabbed Guardado four times and shot him twice.”

The Huffington Post whose coverage certainlky included the most writerly sentence added the news that, “Guardado was the president of the San Francisco chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, and was an advisor for the television show ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ a popular series about outlaw motorcycle gangs. More than 1,000 people attended his funeral.”

The official FBI Press Release is here.




11 Responses to “The Ablett Verdict Coverage”

  1. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    I am with Shyster. When I can afford to move back up north I will finally escape the anus of Cali, aka Hell, the City of Demons, Los Angeles Caídos, El Infierno, The Crappiest Place On Earth, et cetera, et cetera. We need another Northridge quake.

    What do you call a third of Los Angeles flooded by a quake tsunami? A good start.

    YYZ Skinhead

  2. ruffrider Says:

    I wish they all could be California girls. Hey lets write a song.


  3. i pee freely Says:

    repotering..or reporting he must be related to don king…and yeah if you like one tooth women is your choice…

  4. hardknox Says:

    Ah south bay women, el burrito jr, redondo beach, hermosa beach and MB women, enough said right there…

  5. Rebel Says:

    Dear Shyster,

    Yeah. You’re right. The women in the South Bay are all dogs.


  6. Roy Buchanan Says:

    Shyster, it looks like the dig was on the entire state. That was one hell of a verdict, returned after really no deliberation. It’s pretty scary. The appeal will be interesting to see, such as on what grounds. I know it was a real stretch to think that acquittal was actually possible,but I had been led to believe that. After the defendant’s testimony, my general opinion shifted to match yours, Shyster.I’ve noticed that even the rare visitors from the other camp all agree that guilt on the RICO charges is absurd. It sets a terrible precedent for all teams. It was a through and through scam, but the ATF boys pulled it off, compliments of the sheeple. All the posters who have written that the citizens saw it as their civic duty, the gov has a bad man here, he needs to be put away, the gov needs our help: well, those posters are 100% correct. I can’t believe it went down that easily, without the slightest fuss. Roy

  7. Shyster Says:

    I love all the L.A haters. Stay where you are. This place is a shit hole. Ugly women. Tasteless food. Horrible fucken weather. No beaches. No skiing or snowboarding. No craft beer whatsoever. Please, stay where you are!


  8. Abraham Iker Says:

    Ditto Phuquehed,

    I consider Rebel an embedded report in Shitland. Nothing against the CA folks here, it is just that personal bitterness is rarely rational. Lost a part of my heart to that wasteland and the anger has to go some where.

    Rebel, I don’t know how your coverage could have negatively affected the outcome. Thanks for the lit review.

  9. Rebel Says:

    Dear Phuquehed,

    I love California except when it rains. Like today. LA is the show, man. It is a trip here.


  10. Phuquehed Says:

    It sounds like all those asshat, liberal rags and repotering people there in Mexifornia only solidified the reasoning the rest of the country hates them and thinks that it won’t be soon enough when that place falls off into the ocean. (I’m gonna show up on the new cliffs with a keg of beer and a long rope and throw rocks at anyone not wearin’ a vest – with or without colors won’t matter – they’ll get a hand up, the rest get nothing but my derision as they drown)

  11. YYZ Skinhead Says:


    Ahhhh. Finally got that off my chest.

    YYZ Skinhead

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