James Frederick Keach, Jr. Sentenced

March 27, 2013

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This is a corrected version of a story published on March 27. That story stated, “James Frederick Keach, Jr., a former member of the Red Devils Motorcycle Club was sentenced to 12 – 15 months confinement yesterday.” Keach got off easier than that and the story has been corrected to reflect the facts. The Aging Rebel regrets the error.

James Frederick Keach, Jr., a former member of the Red Devils Motorcycle Club was sentenced to time served plus three years of supervised release on March 26. He was the first defendant in the recent federal racketeering trial of motorcycle club members in South Carolina to be sentenced. He pled guilty to racketeering conspiracy which usually carries a mandatory sentence of 20 years. He had originally been charged with racketeering conspiracy and 14 additional counts.

In keeping with the rest of the case, Keach’s sentence remained a national secret a full day after the fact. Keach has been in custody since June 8, 2012. He is now a free man.

March 13 Motion

In a motion filed on March 13, his attorney, Jan S. Strifling, told Judge Cameron McGowan Currie:

“Mr. Keach’s safety is at higher risk while serving time in a Federal Institution. Counsel is informed that the Hell’s Angels as well as other gangs are well established in all Federal Institutions. It is also well known that any defendant’s cooperation is easily discovered in Federal Institutions. Mr. Keach would be safer not in a Federal Institution.

“Mr. Keach has a very extensive medical history. He is a completely disabled military veteran and his medical history and current state of health are documented in the Presentence Report (See paragraphs 90, 91 and 92 of the Presentence Report. The Probation officer indicates that he has not received records from the military. However, counsel has records documenting the defendant’s conditions and will produce them on request).

“During the time counsel has represented the defendant, there have been a number of instances that the defendant has been without his proper medication of other medical devices. Counsel argues that, while there are very adequate medical facilities in the BOP, the health and welfare of the defendant would be better served by treatment at the Veterans Administration.

“Mr. Keach has exhibited ‘the ability and potential to become a productive member of society.’ Mr. Keach voluntarily renounced his allegiance to the Red Devils and the lifestyle. He cooperated early (He signed as proffer on June 14th, 2012, less than a week after he was arrested) and courageously. He has no prior criminal history. He is an extremely intelligent individual as the court has seen firsthand. He has employment skills in the computer industry that are sought after and he should have no problem finding employment.”

March 26 Motion

In a motion written sometime before the sentencing but not actually filed as a public document until after Keach learned his fate, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson wrote:

“Defendant Keach is scheduled to be sentenced at 9:00 am on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. The Government submits that Keach has provided substantial assistance during the course of his cooperation in the cases against his codefendants and his co-conspirators.

“For reasons that will be provided at sentencing, the Government requests that the Court reduce his sentence pursuant to U.S.S.G. §5(K)1.1 and Title 18, United States Code §3553(e).

“The Government respectfully moves this Court for a downward departure, pursuant to U.S.S.G. §5(K)1.1 and Title 18, United States Code §3553(e). Keach is facing a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years based on his plea to ‘racketeering conspiracy,’ a violation of Title 18, U.S.C. Section 1962(d). Keach is facing an advisory guideline sentence of 21-27 months based on a total offense level of 16 and a criminal history category of I. The Government will provide additional factual details and a recommendation at sentencing.”

The public record shows that Judge Currie granted Richardson’s motion yesterday.


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31 Responses to “James Frederick Keach, Jr. Sentenced”

  1. Glenn S. Says:

    This web site is pretty good but only if you want to know who the rats are in environmental activism cases. It’s free: http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/informant-tracking/

    Here’s another website, Who’s a Rat. It charges a fee, and “members” can add names to the list: http://www.whosarat.com/

  2. Grib Says:

    There is a national clearing house for information regarding federal prosecution (and outcomes).

    Find it here:


    People cooperating with law enforcement are generally referred to as CI #1 or CS #6, but it is usually entirely obvious who is whom in the affidavits filed by the DEA.

    Loose lips sink ships.


  3. Paladin Says:

    The clearing house I had in mind would email this information as it became available, to the MCs that suscribed to the service.
    Doing it this way would make the information timely and it would be “delivered to your door”, instead of the MCs having to go look for it.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  4. Samurai Says:

    @glenn s

    That’s not the site, although it’s a good one. The one i came across was more professional looking and had a light green color scheme to it. I really wish i could recall it so everyone could get a look at it

  5. Glenn S. Says:

    Samurai said: “…there’s a page out there that lists every known informant, both undercover cops and paid rats…”

    Is this the one?

    It’s nicely done, includes specifics such as occupation, good photos, but is incomplete.

  6. Paladin Says:

    Glenn S. Says: ” The clearinghouse would need standards, and honorable, anonymous men administering it. But it would need to be widely accessable. Usually, by the time a rat’s identity is verifiable, the damage is done.”

    Glenn S., you’re right. Unfortunately MCs aren’t real big, when it comes to communicating with one another. Because of this, a rat, informant, CI, or undercover cop can travel all around the country, ruining people’s lives, long before the smoke signals catch up with him.

    At least a clearing house would limit the potential damage one of the above mentioned could do. If I remember correctly, there was at least one of the above that was able to infiltrate a couple of MCs. If this individual’s picture and discription had been broadcast, folks down the line would have known to “be on the lookout”.

    Also, knowing that your picture and discription would be broadcast coast to coast, might have a chilling effect on those that could be bought, or those that play “dress up” for a living.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  7. Samurai Says:

    It’s been listed on the webpage somewhere’s but there’s a page out there that lists every known informant, both undercover cops and paid rats, a dickhead like this guy deserves a special page all too himself

  8. Glenn S. Says:

    Paladin said: “If (as had been discussed), there was a national clearing house for rats, snitches, and CIs…”

    Years ago, here in my home town, there was a crooked cop who (as part of his service) provided a newsletter, including a list of the rats in the area (amongst other information like which confiscated cars were being used for buys, etc.). I usually saw the original list, and then I’d sometimes see the list after it had been hand copied and passed around. The passed-around list often contained more names than the original because some people would add names of debtors and others they were pissed at. And sometimes the hand-copied list would have some names left out, for whatever reason.

    A friend of mine once told me that the grapevine was a wonderful thing, but when the vine sours, so do the grapes.

    The clearinghouse would need standards, and honorable, anonymous men administering it. But it would need to be widely accessable. Usually, by the time a rat’s identity is verifiable, the damage is done.

  9. mad matt Says:

    All the standard things apply to this RAT, that he’s a fellow vet and (should) KNOW

    I read this on a phone. Theres too much to be said. Remf rat motherfucker.

  10. VINCE 1%er Says:

    Those Who DONT Know the Value of LOYALTY can NEVER Appreciate the Cost Of Betrayal

  11. Paladin Says:

    If (as had been discussed), there was a national clearing house for rats, snitches, and CIs, Keach’s picture and discription could be put out as a BOLO and plastered in every biker friendly bar, coast to coast.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  12. Glenn S. Says:

    Very appropriate, Warthog. And there was:

    “Big man, pig man.
    Charade you are…”

    Pink Floyd
    “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”

  13. Frequent Flyer Says:

    And when your hand is on your heart
    you’re nearly a good laugh
    almost a joker
    with your head down in the pig bin
    saying “keep on digging”

  14. Kraut Says:

    They should sentence him to 20 years with the Laffing Devils

  15. LeeBo Says:

    How does a person facing 20 years get out of county jail with time served ? You rat your brothers out and turn your back on family, that’s Fred’s answer.
    He sold what’s left of his pathetic soul to the Feds. We have only begun to see what this fucking rat is capable of… He would of lived a good life behind bars.. Now this rat will pay for his crime against his brothers… His life as a “free man” will be a living hell… Even after walking away from jail he continues to fuck people… If he would take the food out of his daughters mouth and turn his back on his wife…. This rat is trouble

  16. Whitepride Says:

    Hopefully someday real justice will be served on the fucking rat

  17. Snow Says:

    @ Warthog, Glen S.
    That is bad ass and so true, again may he rot in hell, both in this life as well as the next.
    Respect sent to the true, Snow.

  18. WARTHOG Says:

    @Glenn S.

    You quoted Pink Floyd on another thread. I thought this line works well for this rat fuck:

    And when you loose control, you’ll reap the harvest you have sown
    And as the fear grows, the bad blood slows and turns to stone
    And it’s too late to loose the weight you used to need to throw around
    So have a good drown, as you go down, all alone
    Dragged down by the stone.

    “Dogs”–Pink Floyd




  19. Glenn S. Says:

    So he ratted out his former brothers and then shit on his wife and THIS is the kind of defendant that merits a break, deserves to live in the free world more than others, according to the criminal “justice” system? That right there tells the whole story of “justice” these days.

  20. RAE RAE Says:


  21. Denizen Says:

    You don’t betray your friends or your family. The moment he was released, he started threatening his wife demanding that she pay back the disability checks she was using to live off of while he sold the club out. The same money she used to send to him in jail.

    You can’t betray your friends and your family like that and still call yourself a man. He’s not going to enjoy his freedom if I can help it…

  22. Stevo Says:

    A coward dies a thousand deaths.

  23. Tim D Says:

    its gotta be a bitch to always look behing your back, after betraying your brotherhood, because of shit like that,it makes it tougher on all the members in the brotherhood,son of ah bitch!!!!

  24. Snow Says:

    There is nothing lower than selling out someone you once called family, this bastard has no balls at all. May he rot in hell, respect to the true, Snow.

  25. brklyn Says:

    I said the same thing obg 33!

  26. rollinnorth Says:

    The government uses those who roll over early, like Keach, to pressure others to plead out (think “dominoes”.) Once he does get out, Keach will discover (if he hasn’t already figured it out) that the government has chewed him up and spat him out. He will learn he is very much out and alone. He can spend the rest of his days looking over his shoulder.

    Respect to those…

  27. mule Says:

    To think, storing rats with the VA. What better place to rat on, and spy on, patriot’s who took a oath to uphold the constitution.

    See where I’m going with this?

  28. Vince D Says:

    Maybe you can do your sentence at a cheese factory you fucking lying rat bastard!

  29. obg 33mob Says:

    fucking soft as bitch made punk i told everybody about them fucking lames didnt nobody make them do nothing they knew what they were doing they wanted to be a ganster but dont want to pay the price so they became a rat thats y i slapped that bitch side the head and head butted his ass when he went to stand up i hope you suffer rat a prolonged miserable rest of your worthless rat life you punk

  30. Karma Says:

    I promise you all KARMA always wins in the end. There is no way you can betray your brothers and not pay for it in the end. He will not sleep well in the future.

  31. Dirty Dingus McGee Says:

    “Snitches end up in ditches needing stitches”.

    I hope that for the rest of your pathetic life, you have to sleep with one eye open, never knowing when those you betrayed might be watching.

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