More Guilty Pleas In Bifield

January 17, 2013

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There were six more guilty pleas today in the Hells Angels racketeering case in South Carolina titled United States versus Bifield and Others. Nine defendants have now pled guilty to one of the accusations the government made in a superseding indictment unsealed last September 19. Eleven defendants in the case are going to trial.

Richard Thrower, Frank Enriquez, Jr., Johanna Looper, Ronald Dean Byrum, Jr. James Rhodus and Bruce Ranson Wilson pled guilty today. The plea deals were signed yesterday. Looper and Rhodus asked that their plea agreements be “filed in open record” and Rhodus signed a public “statement of acceptance and responsibility” in which he stated: “James’s belief, based upon his experience, is that the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (worldwide) and South Carolina Nomads are not a criminal enterprise. James Rhodus further states his money laundering crime was not committed or done in any manner whatsoever on behalf of or as part of his participation in activities of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club of which he is a prospective member.” Rhodus also stated that “he has not and will not under any circumstance cooperate with the government or testify for the government.”

Secret Justice

The plea agreements made by Thrower, Enriquez, Byrum and Wilson remain sealed. Trent Allen Brown pled guilty December 18 and his deal is also secret.

The lead defendant in the case, Daniel Bifield, and his wife pled guilty on January 3. They both asked that their plea deals be filed publically.

Daniel Bifield, Richard Thrower, Frank Enriquez, Jr. and Johanna Looper all pled guilty to “Racketeering Conspiracy” which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Lisa Bifield pled guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and could be sentenced to up to five years. Brown and Byrum both pled guilty to “Narcotics Conspiracy.” Rhodus pled guilty to money laundering and Wilson confessed to an illegal firearms sale.

Mark William Baker, David Channing Oiler, Bruce James Long, Robert David Pryor, James Frederick Keach, Jr., Donald Boersma, Kerry Chitwood, Carlos Hernandez, Thomas McManus Plyler, Jamie Hobbs Long and Somying Anderson will begin trial February 11.

Prosecutorial Games

The case is remarkably rushed for a biker racketeering case. When the trial for the eleven remaining defendants begins defense attorneys will have had exactly 150 days to prepare their defenses since the release of the superseding indictment. Total government evidence disclosed to date amounts to more than two terabytes of data. Most of that “evidence” is irrelevant to the case. Prosecutors have called this noise “evidence” as a way to conceal pertinent evidence in the case in the same way that a needle may be hidden in a haystack or a leaf may be hidden in a forest. As recently as December 4 prosecutors completed what one defense attorney described as “another massive evidence disclosure that included 5,882 photographs, 137 audio clips and 20,851 pages of phone records.” Additional evidence may be hidden from defense attorneys until up to five days before trial.

In a motion filed six days ago prosecutors asked District Court Judge Cameron McGowan Currie to forbid defenders to use entrapment as a defense even though the same prosecutors have publically described the events that led to the defendants’ arrests as a “sting.”

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42 Responses to “More Guilty Pleas In Bifield”

  1. Bipolar&Proud Says:


    No disrespect, but I don’t email people I don’t know. Sorry. If you have a question, you can ask me here or have Rebel email it to me.
    I live by husband’s quote, TRUST NO ONE


  2. iridebitch Says:

    @Bipolar & Proud…..can you please email me? I think Rebel can give you my email. Thanks.

    ~ IRB ~

  3. Rebel Says:

    Dear Lynn,

    Lisa can email me at [email protected]

    When either you or she write me there I will give you a mailing address that works. I would love to hear from Lisa. I would love to hear her perspective.

    Stay strong,


  4. lynn Says:

    Rebel, Would you mind giving me your mailing address and email address, please.. I spoke with my sister and she asked me to get these from you if possible..she would like to write you and tell her side of the story so you can hear it from her and not just others..So, everyone thats so interested in this case will soon get to hear Lisa’s story..

  5. Glenn S. Says:

    Sieg said: “. I can’t bring myself to trust anyone that hasn’t gone a few rounds.”

    Yeah, me neither. But I recall a conversation in prison, where a bunch of us were telling war stories. A friend of mine started laughing, pointed out that we were all failed criminals, proof being we had all been caught and were locked up. Couldn’t argue the point. Still, having said “fuck you, I’ll take the years and keep my mouth shut” means more than having been good enough not to get caught in the first place.

    I figured that the Alford plea would be more problematic in fed cases, or it would be used more often. Figured maybe federal plea bargain agreements usually exclude Alford pleas. My convictions and pleas were state, and the state of SC didn’t really give a shit if you admitted to something or not, so long as they could lock you up for years. I used Alford once on a state charge of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and felon in possession of a pistol, mainly because I was concerned that if I admitted to anything, the feds might charge me under the 1968 gun control act days before my state sentence was up. That was a long time ago.

    Somebody asked about SC sentencing a few posts ago. Not that it’s relevant to the federal case being discussed here, but, FYI, in SC, under state law, life means life if sentenced recently. No max out, recently or not. Old life sentences have parole eligibility after 10 years, unless for murder after (I think) 1977. From about 1977-about 1986, parole eligibility for murder was after 20 years. From about 1986 until sometime in the last 10 or 15 years, parole eligibility was after 30 years. Second and subsequent violent offenses (and some offenses are violent only by law and not by the common meaning of the word) and more recent violent offenses have no parole eligibility, and an 85% before max out requirement. I think, but I’m not sure, that non-violent offenses still have parole eligibility after 1/4 of sentence less earned work credits (time subtracted for prison job). I think, but am not sure, that non violent offenses still have about 1/3 knocked off for good time and more knocked off for earned work credits. Since the first time I went in, back in the late ’70s, the laws have gotten progressively worse. And parole “eligibility” doesn’t really mean shit. SC has always had tough parole boards. We even had the founder and leader of a victims’ rights organization who lobbied for tougher laws, chair the parole board for a few years. You can probably guess how that went.

    South Carolina recently expanded the list of offenses that fall under the “3 strikes” law. Some, like forgery and insurance fraud, are pretty minor. SC has a “2 strikes” law that includes most violent crimes.

  6. Sieg Says:

    Glenn, an ALford plea is REAL difficult in fed court. The guidelines require the U.S. Prostitutor to offer and present “all facts conclusively proving guilt” if the defendant tries to cop to an Alford. IT can be done, but it is a rough row to hoe.

    I understand it’s never a good thing to be a felon in this society, but really, to anyone that matters, it’s a badge of honor. I can’t bring myself to trust anyone that hasn’t gone a few rounds.

    FTF / FTP
    5 to 1

  7. Glenn S. Says:

    Lynn, my sympathies and support to you and yours. From my experiences with the legal system in SC, unwritten assurances regarding sentences and through an attorney are generally honored if for no reason but the judges and prosecutors know that word gets around and they don’t want future defendants to refuse to plea bargain. Barring the unforeseen, I think you and your family can count on the 60 month sentence for your sister. This particular judge is not known for sympathy or understanding towards a defendant, so best not to give the judge any excuse to say that the conditions of the plea bargain were violated, at least until after sentencing. Just my .02.

    I’m wondering out loud if the defendants could not plead pursuant to NC v. Alford, the US Supreme Court case where the court ruled that defendants need not admit guilt to plead guilty. Yeah, it’s like something out of the writings of Franz Kafka, but if it were me, I’d be concerned that the state of SC might further prosecute under state laws. The courts have ruled that such does not violate constitutional protections against double jeopardy because the one offense can be “offenses against two sovereigns”. (Yeah, the logic is twisted, but we’re talking about the American “justice” system.) An Alford plea at least puts no specific admission of guilt on the record. Its essentially a “no contest” plea, where the defendant says: “I am not guilty, but I believe a jury would convict me (so I’m making the best deal I can)”.

  8. Sieg Says:

    Your Nation is gone, Troop. The Constitution is dead, liberty has been defeated, and the Mandarins are pushing for the final go-round.

    Hope you remembered to bring yer basic load.

    FTF / FTP
    5 to 1

  9. 11c_infantry Says:

    This whole thing just makes me sick. What the hell’s happened to my country?

  10. lynn Says:

    Exact words from her attorney “she is getting 60 months “.

  11. lynn Says:

    Yes 39months plus the time she’s already serving

  12. Rebel Says:

    Dear Lynn,

    Currie can do whatever she wants. I know someone who was looking at 20 to life, the pre-sentencing report recommended eight and he wound up being sentenced to three years supervised probation. Sentencing guidelines were once intended to prohibit judges from being “soft on criminals.” If Currie is the asshole I fear she is, she will stick close to the pre-sentecning report — whatever that recommends.

    Again, I have not seen her plea deal. I don’t know what it stipulates about “acceptance of responsibility” and other mitigating factors. “Acceptance of responsibility is usually a minus two or minus three in offense level. And, 60 months doesn’t appear on the sentencing table. She copped to possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. She didn’t get anything yet except what looks to me like a bad deal. She will know what she got when Currie tells her. The charge to which she admitted is usually an enhancement. As a stand alone offense it is typically — okay typically, not always — a level 20 offense. A level 20 offense for Criminal History Category I, which I assume she is but I don’t know, carries a guideline penalty recommendation of 33 to 41 months. In Category II it carries a guideline of 37 – 46 months. You have to go all the way up to Category IV before you hit a guideline sentence of 51 -63 months.

    If you know that she made a deal that gives her 60 months I believe you. I don’t doubt you. I am only telling you this because I am trying to comfort you and allay your fears. Please try to have a decent weekend.


  13. Jim666 Says:

    Ah Shit Rebel wasnt thinking about it being a fed case, sorry, In that case it doesnt matter what state or the states guidlines,it,s all up to the judge . so scratch my input here,,, Im doing ok Rebel just waiting on feb,6th to get here, see what happens, sitting here under a foot of snow we got last nite, just shoveled the drive way and now dealing w/ my fucked up back,,lol, thnx for asking,
    gonna go into severe withdraws when i go on vacation,

    thnx for keeping us all updated
    Respects Jim

  14. Rebel Says:

    Dear Jim666,

    It’s federal. The defendants must do 85 percent of the sentence the judge gives them. In Dan Bifield’s case, if he is sentenced to 20 years, he will have to do 204 months.

    How you doin’?


  15. anon Says:

    Lynn and Jim,

    Thank you for clarifying. I know plea deals and “sentencing” agreements are always at the discretion of the judge. I can certainly understand the concern when the judge expresses feelings contrary to the plea agreement, and it seems very odd that Dan faces 0-20 while Lisa faces 5-life. I got the impression Dan was getting the max, a de facto life sentence for someone his age, so that Lisa could also take a plea and get less than 5. My only direct knowledge of the case is from Rebel’s writing, so there is much scope for error in my wild guesses and erroneous interpretations.

    To both of you, I was mostly thinking of Rebel’s other post which was supposed to be a letter from Dan about the plea that made it sound like he was eating a charge and accepting a de facto life sentence so that Lisa could get out one day. Perhaps there is some miscommunication along the lines, likely on my end.

    I don’t know, but perhaps Rebel’s claims about 36 months refers to the actual time behind bars and not the time in the court record. That would seem to reconcile his claim with the time you mention with time served and good behavior. He seems to say 36 months, while you seem to be saying possibly 27-39 months (39 months sentence minus 6-12 in a halfway house). I don’t know. I’m a long-time reader who is only familiar with the articles and your comments.

    Thank you both for offering more details. I don’t know Dan, Lisa, or anyone involved. This case sounds like a travesty of justice to me. It sounds like a lot of honorable people taking the fall for each other to avoid allowing others to get longer sentences due to malicious prosecution.

  16. Jim666 Says:

    in some states life sentence = 20 yrs.
    in other states life = life,
    im not sure how Sc, does their sentencing

    Im also aware of another person that got life over 25 yrs ago and is still serving time the state where he was sentenced had a life = 20 yrs deal, but as I said he is still serving time

    “There is nothing closer to God on earth as a general on the battlefield and a judge in a court room”



  17. lynn Says:

    I was in the courtroom along with her daughter the day she & Dan took their plea…The judge told Lisa that her charge carried 5 to life, however her attorney has told us she would get 5 yrs…the judge also said 5 yrs supervision after she is released.. The judge told dan he faces 0 to 20 years and upon release he will be under 3 yrs of supervision..I went and spoke with both of them afterwards and they both seemed a bit astounded that the judge said 5 to life on lisas, even though we are told shes getting 5…The judge has the power over the sentencing..this is alot to consume and I’m not trying to get bitter with anyone but she is our immediate family and this is a very touchy subject..thank you all for caring though..Lisa is not out here to speak for herself so sometimes, we (the family) have to speak on her behalf to clarify some thngs..

  18. lynn Says:

    Once again…she will most likely get 5 yrs. nothing more (hopefully)..not 36 months…etc. etc..5 yrs is the minimum…with time served and good time she will do approximately 39 months..and toward the last 6 months to a year of the end of her sentence she will go to a halfway house..when she first started out she was a level 38, however that has changed since the plea deals.. this was just verified to me AGAIN..thru her attorney..Thank you. That would be awesome if the judge “sentenced “her to 36 months because by the time the trial is over and good time she would serve maybe 1 1/2 again she will get sentenced to 5..However the judge has the power to do whatever she pleases…

  19. anon Says:


    I mean no disrespect here, and I hope you perceive none. I also get that you are very concerned for your sister.

    Just to clarify, you mean supervision after release. If so, my understanding from Rebel’s reporting is that Dan is eating a life sentence (de facto though not necessarily de jure) so that Lisa can see the light of day outside prison walls. Lisa will do her five years of supervision. Dan won’t because Dan will never get out.

    I get the impression that you and Rebel are not in disagreement about the potential consequences. I may be wrong here. You are focusing on sentencing suggestions. Rebel is reporting what he expects the actual sentence to be based on his information regarding the plea deals, and he seems generally informed about this case. If you go to the Dialogical Saloon post and read the comments, you’ll see similar comments about sentencing suggestions and what people hope or expect to receive at sentencing (Sieg, I lost track, but I hope you got/get paper). Nobody has denied that Lisa faces some serious potential time. Rebel has simply reported on the time she is expected to actually receive. I do not doubt that you are right about the potential time she faces. My intuition tells me to believe Rebel about the time she will be sentenced to as a result of the deals. I find it hard to believe Lisa is facing life. Neither Dan nor Lisa should – and I do not believe would – have accepted pleas if it meant they’d both do life.

    This is all bullshit and a tragedy for all involved. Nonetheless, I find it hard to believe that Lisa got the “worst deal” when she’ll see freedom again. I also believe some of the men mentioned in this article have chosen to serve more time in order to have public and non-cooperating pleas and to make it clear that they did not implicate anyone else or their club as a result.

    Lynn, I really do not mean any disrespect. I am only trying to sincerely bring an honest perspective here. I’m sorry for the tragedy that your family are facing, as well as the tragedies faced by the men and women and their families of all involved in this circus sideshow.

    Lisa doesn’t deserve this. Neither does Dan. Neither do the other defendants.

  20. lynn Says:

    5 years supervision after sentencing for Lisa ….Dan’s is 3. I was in the courtroom. I talk to Lisa daily and her attorney regularly. Trust me …im fully aware my sister hasn’t been sentenced yet.

  21. Bipolar&Proud Says:

    @orangeburg mob33,

    Thanks for the positive comment. Its great to see someone still sees the good in these guys, im sure big sonny will appreciate the positive feedback.

  22. Bipolar&Proud Says:


    I wasnt asking for specific names so please dont take it as that. I appreciate the website, been lookin all day. I just wantedvto know if it was a person, website etc that your information comes from, because comically this sight is where I get information from, and Im personally entwined in this case.

    Much Respect,

  23. Rebel Says:

    Dear Lynn,

    A level 38 offense carries a recommended minimum sentence of 235 months for an offender in Criminal History Category I.


    Don’t worry,

  24. Rebel Says:

    Dear Sieg,

    Don’t forget the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Or as the ATF, FBI and DOJ refer to it, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks criminal enterprise.


  25. Sieg Says:

    “You can’t shove the shit back in the donkey.”

    Oh yeah?!

  26. Rebel Says:

    Dear Bipolar&Proud,

    Go to Public Access to Court Electronic Records at


  27. Rebel Says:

    Dear Lynn,

    Mrs, Bifield hasn’t been sentenced yet. Judge Currie has a little reputation as a hanging judge. She once put a lawyer in jail for saying “fuck” in her courtroom even though the court was not in session and she was not there. I have looked at her for hours and hours. I have even looked at her finances. I have also looked at very many sentencings in federal court by multiple judges in multiple RICO cases.

    I think Lisa Bifield will be sentenced to something in the neighborhood of 36 months, she’ll do the last six months in a halfway house and she will get three years of either supervised or unsupervised release at the end. So, if she fails a piss test she might immediately go back to jail.

    You’re right. I don’t know. My psychic friend in Abu Dhabi refuses to help me on this one.

    Don’t worry. Be happy. You can’t shove the shit back in the donkey.


  28. Rebel Says:

    Dear Bipolar&Proud,

    No disrespect taken at all. I work at it really hard and I am a minimally competent reporter. No tricks. Personal computer, land line, smart phone, motorcycle, flannel shirt, credit card, special plastic hat, ten hours a day, six or seven days a week. And, I am basically a friendly, nice guy who looks like an old cop except I am probably in better shape than most old cops. I do favors for strangers every day. Sometimes strangers do favors for me. Does that answer your question? I have sources I protect and I look at publically available documents. I get pitched stories by people who want me to tell them and get them right. That’s about it. Just a guy.

    Thanks for reading,

  29. Bipolar&Proud Says:


    If thats the case then I would like to know what website to go to cause damn if I can find it. Also, some info has not been made public so thank kindly for your response, but Id like Rebel to respond.

  30. orangeburg 33mob Says:


  31. Sieg Says:

    Can’t speak for the man, but I would imagine that like any enterprising reporter, he has sources, including the ability to go into the public records available in the courthouse as soon as they are filed. As well, I believe he probably has friends in different orgs, like the Moose, the K. of C., like that, who get him info from time to time.

    I don’t believe ANY reporter is gon out his sources, not if they want to stay in bidness.

  32. Bipolar&Proud Says:

    @ Infamous Bitch,

    I understand that information is available online, but it ususally is not word for word. That is why I have asked Rebel this question. Plus this article had to have been written right after court let out, that is why I’m wondering how he gets his information.

  33. Sieg Says:

    A shame they were able to jack her up to a Level 38. Typical fed bullshit. I hope that her their lawyers were able to button their agreements up on paper.

    Again, best wishes to both.

    FTF / FTP
    5 to 1

  34. lynn Says:

    shes a level 38. she will do approx. 39 months after time served and good time if all goes accordingly..However, its up to the judge as far as the time she gets..

  35. The Infamous Bitch Says:

    I have been wondering the same thing for quite some time now!!!!
    Most of it is online Information!

  36. Sieg Says:

    5 to life? I don’t mean to question anyone, but she had to have some heavy “Criminal History” points to get 5-life. You’re talking Offense Level 38 and up, or something close.

    Still, I would bet the “Life” part is off the table, or why make a deal? The five years will turn into 39 months, unless Mrs. Bifield gets sideways in there.

    Anyhow, best of everything to Mr. & Mrs. Bifield, I hope that the feds honor their agreement with them, and that they be allowed to make the best of what they have.

    FTF / FTP
    5 to 1

  37. lynn Says:

    Plus lisa gets 5 years supervision on top of whatever sentence she recieves after she gets out…

  38. Bipolar&Proud Says:


    No disrespect, but how do you get information so quickly, and word for word at that matter????

  39. lynn Says:

    Lisas charge carries 5 to life… i don’t know why this isn’t getting thru..seems lisa got the worst deal to me..I am lisas sister by the way.

  40. IO Says:

    I am hoping that the men who are going to trial are able to show a competent jury that their involvement in this RICO case is nothing more than the feds wanting to just rope as many people into a case as they can. I think the only, unfortunate, way to slow down RICO, for the future, is by people taking it to trial and knocking small dents in their record by raising the not guilty statistic.

    Again, the behavior of most in this case is a true testament to these people’s character and principals! I wish the ones going to trial the best of luck and fight on!

  41. Phuquehed Says:

    I knew this judge was nothing but smoke and mirrors. Trying to sound like someone on that side that’s actually ‘fair’ at first and then letting this fucking circus continue to put innocent people away and use family members as incentive to narc themselves away. Fucking justice system is useless as tits on a boar hog.

  42. Jim666 Says:

    “In a motion filed six days ago prosecutors asked District Court Judge Cameron McGowan Currie to forbid defenders to use entrapment as a defense even though the same prosecutors have publically described the events that led to the defendants’ arrests as a “sting.”




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