Nevada Prosecutors Sweating Gonzalez

June 1, 2012

All Posts, News

The Washoe County, Nevada District Attorney inflated the criminal charges against Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez yesterday. Gonzalez is a member of the Vagos Motorcycle Club. He had been charged with second degree murder for shooting San Jose Hells Angel Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew in the back four times with a .40 caliber pistol. The shooting was incidental to a confrontation between Vagos and Hells Angels at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino in Sparks last September 23.

Gonzalez was charged yesterday with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Prosecutors allege that Pettigrew’s murder was premeditated and that Gonzalez was lying in wait to accomplish the crime. Gonzalez pled “definitely not guilty.”

Hells Angel Cesar Villagrana is also charged with second degree murder as a result of the Sparks brawl. Gonzalez and Villagrana are scheduled to be tried together. The trial is scheduled to begin Octer 29.


The new charges are based on statements made by a former Vago named Stuart Gary “Jabbers” Rudnick. Rudnick is widely acknowledged to have started the brawl in Sparks and of personally instigating a confrontation with Pettigrew. Rudnick was expelled from the Vagos Motorcycle Club two days after the fight in Sparks.

Rudnick pled guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in March. He signed a plea and sentencing agreement in which he agreed to testify about the murder in court. Rudnick is now free on personal recognizance.

The revised charges against Gonzalez are based on information provided by Rudnick and five confidential sources. One of those confidential sources is probably Jacob Cancelli who is known to be cooperating with federal prosecutors. Another source may be Alfred Azevedo. Azevedo was a paid confidential informant who attempted to join both the Hells Angels and the Vagos in Arizona.


The new complaint against Gonzalez reads like it belongs in a federal racketeering indictment. The Vago defendant is now alleged to have conspired with Gary Rudnick and other members of the Vagos with the “specific intent a killing occur.” The complaint – or RICO predicate – alleges that Pettigrew was murdered for the benefit of and at the direction of the Vagos in order to “promote and further assist Vagos.”

In his plea deal Rudnick stated, “I did issue and /or accept a challenge to fight Jeffrey Pettigrew and other Hells Angels. I did provoke a physical altercation with the intent that Hells Angels suffer death or substantial bodily harm.”

The complaint against Gonzalez also cites a confidential informant who alleges that the Vagos planned in advance to attack the Hells Angels that night.



7 Responses to “Nevada Prosecutors Sweating Gonzalez”

  1. Grumbler Says:

    On a related note, John Ascuaga’s Nugget has banned motorcycle club “colors.” Others are making their own decisions. Great Basin Brewing says it will follow the same policy:

  2. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    Anyone that feels this is bullshit can donate here this one is going to cost some huge coin.

    Rat Fuck Rudnick,

    Starts all the shit and then flips like a bitch and fucks Romeo because he got the boot from the club for failing to listen when told to shut up and go to his room by National Officers, what a piece of shit.

    It amazes me how all the sudden there is a “new” version of what happened in Sparks that night. As for Jacob Cancelli there is nothing to say another fucking shit bag real bad ass until the heat is on.

    I just want to puke at the thought that these two wore the same patch as myself and other solid Brothers just can’t wait to see who the other rats are going to be. I think the indictments are on the way shortly and it will more than likely be sealed to protect the weak fucks.

    Rule one – Always keep a clean house

    Viva Los Vagos

  3. An Angel Says:

    This seems to be a pattern for your club. Lets not forget about the Vago’s who took the stand in Bakersfeild .I thought you where going to look in to that. I guess it’s ok to do that in your club. How about your guys in AZ Talking. I remember when Tramp told us a long time ago that he was going to get 600 members and if something goes down 300 will run away but he would still have 300 good guys. Nice way to run a club. Well he was right. Look at them running right to the Cops. It’s not easy batteling the Cops. Now if I see a Vago I have to wonder is he a Cop.



    An Angel: why don’t you go do some more paperwork or eat some donuts or something?!

  5. KK Says:

    AN A: Spoken like a true Shit Sturring Troll, enjoy your keyboard.


  6. observer Says:

    lol…I think AA’s “fingerprint” here is his capitalization of “Cops”.

  7. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    To the poser,

    “An Angel” is a name you have stolen from a man that has posted on other forums he did so respectfully, objectively, honestly and kindly even in times of hostility, friction and serious disagreement. He’s also I guy that I do have respect for. I can tell your not him because your writing style and word choice differs greatly from previous posts and messages by him. To add to this he would never call me out and attempt to punk me in a forum such as this, he would contact me privately through other means if had that much to say. I am not hard to find.

    I personally believe your ATF looking to ignite a fire on a page that you assholes wish would go away along with those that post here. Very low to assume the identity of a man trying to get by but wait you fucks do that all the time.

    Have a wonderful day

    Viva Los Vagos

Leave a Reply