The first former defendant in the Special Memory Wedding Chapel Yuletide knife fight case was sentenced yesterday in Las Vegas.
James Murray, a former member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, was sentenced by Judge Ken Cory to serve two to ten years in prison and pay $8,875 in restitution. Murray pled guilty last July to a charge of “Battery with substantial bodily harm with intent to promote the activities of a criminal gang.” Murray was a defendant in a three week trial that ended in a mistrial in August 2012.
Murray is no longer a member of the motorcycle club. He told the judge yesterday that he regretted joining the Angels. “I was only a motorcycle enthusiast,” he said. “I’m not a criminal.”
The case began on a Sunday evening, December 20, 2008 when 13 guests at a Hells Angels wedding attacked a Mongols Motorcycle Club wedding party. James Nalder and Eugene Formica, the Mongols groom and his best man, were stabbed multiple times. The entire incident was video recorded. Two other members of the Mongols party were punched and someone in the Hells Angels party threw a bottle at the Mongols bride.
Murray has maintained throughout the case that he acted in self-defense. He said the Mongols had “snickered” at him and he feared for his life.
Prosecutor Sonia Jimenez called the fight was an unprovoked attack.
The Angels Groom
This morning Brad Goldsmith, the Hells Angels groom, pled guilty to attempted coercion and battery causing substantial bodily harm. Goldsmith will probably be sentenced to at least 16 months in prison. Brad Goldsmith has also left the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.
His father, a well known and widely respected former member of the Angels named Charles “Peewee” Goldsmith, pled guilty this morning to coercion and battery with substantial bodily harm with a criminal gang enhancement. He faces between two and five years in prison.
Both Goldsmiths will be sentenced March 18, 2014.
Ten of the dozen defendants in the case have now pled guilty to something. The two remaining defendants, James Sexey and John Merchant, are scheduled to stand trial next April.