Karl Twilleager Gets Five Years

December 7, 2013

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Karl “King Karl” Twilleager, a member of the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club from Spanaway, Washington was sentenced yesterday by a federal judge in Tacoma to five years in prison for possessing firearms and explosives. He had faced up to 20 years. Twilleager was arrested last June 13 and signed a plea deal on September 5.

Twilleager is 66 and suffers from Type II diabetes. He was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in 2005. He is a Vietnam veteran.

He was convicted of Second Degree Murder in state court in 1994 and was sentenced then to serve 12 years in prison.

Dueling Sentencing Memos

Twilleager’s case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. After searching a garage behind Twilleager’s home and a storage unit rented by him, ATF Agents recovered a total of 12 firearms and two sticks of emulsion explosives. Emulsion explosives comprise an oxidizer dissolved in water and dispersed in a fuel emulsion. Government agents described the garage as the “Ghost Riders Motorcycle Gang Clubhouse.”

According to the prosecution’s sentencing memorandum, Twilleager had planned to bomb “Uncle Sam’s Bar and Grill in Spanaway, known to be a favored hangout of a rival motorcycle gang, the Bandidos. This attack was to be in retaliation for Defendant Twilleager and about eight of his brother Ghost Riders having been tricked and assaulted at that very location on June 2, 2012.”

In his sentencing memo to the judge Twilleager’s attorney, James B. Feldman quoted William M. Dulaney who wrote: “What seems clear is that neither the American government nor society is attending to the effects of war on such individuals. Indeed it appears that no process exists by which combat veterans are able to assume their role as citizens, as people. Because of this lack of structured re-assimilation into American society, certain combat veterans have created over time a culture in which they are accepted as the people they have become. The outlaw motorcycle club structure can be seen as a society built along militaristic, hierarchal lines, a highly ordered, controlled and black and white world in which individuals may understand their role, their identity, their place in society.”

More Words

In the press release announcing the sentence, Jenny A. Durkan, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington claimed Twilleager was a danger to society.

“The possession of illegal firearms and explosives by violent felons endangers a whole community,” Durkan said in the release. “This defendant and his gang planned a violent attack on rivals that could have caused serious injuries or deaths. Innocent bystanders could have been caught up in the carnage. The very act of storing those explosives illegally in the storage locker posed risks to the community should they be stolen or ignite accidently.”

In his sentencing statement, Twilleager wrote: “…I wanted to take this opportunity to apologize for my crimes. I understand that my actions have consequences beyond their effect on my freedom. I am especially saddened by the distress, fear and anxiety my crimes have caused to my friend, Rose, who has suffered most from this. She has shown me only love and support an does not deserve what I have caused her.

“I understand that it may be difficult for the court to show me leniency considering my history but I am accepting a long prison term and only hope that my health will be good enough at the end of the sentence where I might still be able to enjoy some time while free.”



77 Responses to “Karl Twilleager Gets Five Years”

  1. ol'goat Says:

    @stocker – many young patches don’t have a clue about old school ways. Teaching them old ways falls to the older PH’s, and there’s apparently a disconnect because I have seen the same thing which is most young PH’s are yuppie types consumed only with looking out for number one. Seems “looking out for number one” isn’t exclusive to the sheeple. The world has changed and they are a product of that changing world. Few days ago read about a younger PH of one of the big four slamming a womans head into the floor twice in a crowded restaurant and threatening to kill everyone in the restaurant and according to the media said “I’m a ________, and i’ll fucking kill you all”. Media always misrepresents truth but the young PH apparently lost his cool and showed his ass and said something stupid and made sure eveyone in the restaurant knew he was a _______. Once upon a time you could trust a PH just because he was a PH. Try doing that now.

  2. Budweiser Says:

    Ol’LadyRider- I know they are supposedly for sale, and people wear them. I don’t. It sickens me at the thought. Guys like “Bill” somehow make themselves feel better to picture me wearing one. According to one post, or a few, an entire group of guys wore them to a “Conferation of Clubs” meeting. I think they went out for beers afterward.

  3. Ol'LadyRider Says:

    Road Whore: Thank you very much for your beautifully written comment. Only linear thinkers would not see the analogy as creative and profound.

    Budweiser: I saw SOA “cuts” for sale by a vendor at AZ Bike Week last year… and the year before that… AND the year before that. I’ve seen people (God help us) wearing them. So they ARE for sale. Nanny nanny boo boo.

  4. Rebel Says:

    Dear Budweiser,

    Please tone your shit down.


  5. Budweiser Says:

    Bill- SOA Cut? They don’t sell those so I guess that’s supposed to be a joke? So I proved you wrong again….are you going to stop addressing all my posts? I sure hope so. I just got back from Minnesota today. Bill, if you would have been at this party you would have collapsed from exhaustion. No way you could have kissed that may “bikers” ass.

  6. Stocker Says:

    Man, I check out the Rebel every now and again, since I am getting older and all grey bearded and shit. All I have to say is… The meth is almost always the downfall of anyone. Second, if someone is running something and calling shots… He should at least maintain control. Second, it seems anyone can earn a patch anymore. I don’t trust 3/4 of these mofos wearing patches anymore. And I sure don’t have any respect for anyone instigating shit on an internet site. Thirdly, I believe and support the patch holder that is always willing to Man The F’ Up. Ain’t many real brothers around anymore.

  7. VINCE 1%er Says:

    The Ghost Riders MC has been SHUNNED & Expelled from the COC in Washington State way before this scenario took hold-and the subsequent actions of Members (both mentioned here & Convicted) and others subsequent and after the fact have been the downfall of these guys. They are Not Respected or Wanted in any type of order,arrangement and-or club type atmosphere or Existence. They have been Outcast & Villified from their Higher Peers way before this made the press & papers.
    Twilleager got what He deserved in spite of his prior “Man Up” fullfillment to charges in the past – simply because he acted like a Tweaker Buffoon and was too full of himself & didn’t learn from past mistakes that he’s a Jerk in terms of self control and Temperment.
    Too Many Patch Holders/People saw this coming w/regards to the GRMC and Good Riddance to these assclowns .

  8. Bill Says:

    Pudweiser: Are you wearing one of your SOA cuts this evening? Your last posts seem more badass than usual.

  9. Budweiser Says:

    Ronbo- Thanks for telling us about your local paper and your reading habits. Yes, I could be Brandon’s father. I started having sex at 13 and he said he was 18 last year.


    5 TO 1


  10. Budweiser Says:

    Panhead- “Out bad,” really? Why don’t you just tell Rebel you’ll service him?

  11. Budweiser Says:

    Sieg- “Facebook Showdown” I’m sure you are enjoying every minute of that! Did you say to keep posting longer and longer and write nonsensical diatribes? Keep dropping the wisdom, buddy.

    Panhead- If 90% of the posters here are patches, then why do you continue to address me?

  12. Panhead Says:

    @ Rebel

    I should have said “He’s done here as far as I’m concerned.” I know I don’t make the rules here.

    Respects to Reb’s house,


  13. Panhead Says:

    Ok, (all above) I agree. I tend to like to fuck with people a little before they meet the dark side. It amuses me. So I agree; he’s done here. I was going to suggest “out bad” but that would imply that he was a member of a tribe. He would take some perverse pride in that. No. Shunned?



  14. Ronbo Says:

    In our town the local paper comes out every Thursday, The first thing many around here do when reading letters to the editor is to read the writers name first to see if ya care to read or skip.

    Maybe Bud is Brandon’s Dad?

    Be safe

  15. Sieg Says:

    My youngest just had a FB showdown with some clown, and I had to explain that the more ya feed a troll, the more it posts, and the longer ya gotta deal with it.

    Now, this site is, far as I could ever tell, by and about motorsickle people. I’ve met a few that post here, and they are straight-up stand-up scooter-trash.

    Those are the posters I’ll respond to. If someone is in the wind, and knows what it’s all about, then they proly have sumpin to say worth my read. If they’re a citizen, and respectful, well hell, maybe someday they’ll get the bug and be knees in the breeze, so I’ll check out what they have to say, too.

    But someone who doesn’t ride, and actually even caps on the life? Fuck that. I won’t waste the time it takes to read their shit, and I damn sure won’t respond to it, any more than I’d talk to a citizen on the street about my ride.

    5 to 1

  16. rollinnorth Says:

    The down side to blogs is that you can’t mop the floor with trolls, like in a good old-fashioned barroom. “Tis the season…”


  17. Paladin Says:

    To All,

    Since Rebel hasn’t seen fit to ban him, I think if the regulars (me included) ignore Budweiser, he probably won’t go away, but if he isn’t acknowledged, he’ll be limited to posting to himself, which should limit the little cunt’s ability to disrupt the fourm. Just my $0.02.

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


  18. Panhead Says:

    Sound a mite ‘shrill’ there butt-boy.


  19. Budweiser Says:

    I’m not lying about shit. In the post you’re referring to, I mentioned “Operation Black Rain.” Not SOA, and surely not the IO. So how many more times am I going to prove your stalking ass wrong?

  20. Budweiser Says:

    Bill- For you to remember my supposed first post is just bizarre. My first post was back in 2010, I believe. It had nothing to do with SOA. I rarely even post about the show even now. I didn’t even know what the IO was until this year. When Rebel’s site went on hiatus it took me awhile to come back. Two of the main stories I did post on were “The Devil’s Ride” articles and the “Warlock Shooting.” Two of the most popular here. What is wrong with you? I mean, I have fun with this, but I think you may need to take a look at what motivates you to look like an idiot on here. I wish I could find all my individual posts because I’d bet after 10% of them you wrote “this site is over your head.” Like you wanted people to be like “yeah, Bill, you really showed him, you are cool.” Except no one ever wrote that or even thought it. They most likely feel sorry for you like I’m starting to.

  21. Bill Says:

    Bud: why are you lying about coming to this site because of SOA or Iron Order? I don’t recall which it was, but maybe you do. Dig up your first post and prove me wrong, the post where you stated you were searching for (whatever) and found this site. Do it.

  22. Paladin Says:

    Road Whore & PigPen,

    I too am out. IF he chooses, Rebel can converse with Budweiser. At the moment, I can’t think of anyone else that would want to.

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


  23. Bill Says:

    Now I really miss Brandon.

  24. Budweiser Says:

    Bill- I came here because of the IO or SOA?? You are a fuckin’ clown….

    Phuquehed- Get over yourself….you write the same shit again and again. I get it. This is your message board. I’m not allowed. SMH

  25. Budweiser Says:

    Is this at 100 yet??? Lol @ Bill and his book. Yeah, it was established that you are an idiot and some bigger moron posted a lot of crazy shit that got deleted. REBEL actually established it within hours. I can’t believe I am going back and forth with you. The “Austin” mix up should show anyone reading this that you are a stalker weirdo. Who just jumps into threads saying “it’s over your head, no female, nanny nanny boo boo”? You are pathetic. Don’t address me again.

  26. Road Whore Says:

    @ PigPen…I hear ya!

    Ride Free

  27. Roy Says:

    @ Red&Gold and WARider, thanks for the clarity.

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