Portillo Sentencing Today

September 24, 2018

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Portillo Sentencing Today

John Xavier Portillo, the former vice-president of the National Chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club is scheduled for sentencing by federal district court judge David Ezra in San Antonio today.

Portillo and former Bandidos president Jeffrey Fay Pike were found guilty by a jury of eight men and four women on May 17 of: Racketeering Conpiracy; Murder in Aid of Racketeering; Conspiracy to Commit Murder in Aid of Racketeering; Conspiracy to Commit Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Aid of Racketeering; Aiding and Abetting Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Aid of Racketeering; Aiding and Abetting Discharging a Firearm during a Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering Murder; Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and cocaine; possession with Intent to Distribute cocaine; Conspiracy to Interfere with Commerce by Threats or Violence; and Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Quick Verdict

The trial lasted three months. The jury deliberated for two days.

The case against the two men strained credulity.

For example, Assistant United States Attorney Eric Fuchs told the jury that the 2006 murder of a drug dealer named Anthony Benesh was committed on behalf of the Bandidos because Benesh was a Hells Angel and that it  was ordered by Portillo. The actual murder, as opposed to a hypothetical conspiracy, was carried out by brothers Johnny Romo and Robert Romo. They provided the testimony that alleged a conspiracy and that connected Portillo to the crime.

Benesh was not a Hells Angel. Ralph “Sonny” Barger, who is beyond any shadow of a doubt the world’s leading authority on the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, testified that Benesh was not a member of Barger’s club and that the insignia Benesh liked to wear was counterfeit. The jury ignored Barger and listened to the confessed murderers instead.


Similarly, a convicted murderer named Richard Merla, who was expelled from the Bandidos in 2004, confessed to murder in 2007 and has held a grudge against Portillo for the last quarter century, testified that Portillo ordered him to commit the murder.

After his conviction Portillo asked, “How can a jury digest three months of testimony and return a verdict of guilty on all counts with maybe 12 hours of jury room time?”

“Something happened in there,” he told The Aging Rebel. “Maybe being bused in every day by armed marshals scared them. Man, there was no physical evidence or anything like that. Just paid informants saving their asses. My lawyer caught them all lying on cross examination about their interviews with the DEA, FBI and Texas DPS.”

Portillo, who is 58, faces a sentence of life in prison and confiscation of the home he bought ten years before he joined the Bandidos.

Pike is scheduled for sentencing next month.


12 Responses to “Portillo Sentencing Today”

  1. freebird Says:

    @ IM

    For me the note to self always say’s never torch a bridge you may have to cross again……

    Unless your a really good swimmer, which i am not

  2. Shovelhead Says:

    Irish Mike,

    Someday you’ll need help…..What you’ll get is No sympathy, No pity. Just Karma.

    Respect to the real 1%

  3. RIDER 1 Says:

    @ Irish Mike, no pity needed but a fair fight would be nice.

    RIDER 1

  4. 31st Says:

    Irish Mike, what an ignorant thing to say.

  5. Irish Mike Says:

    Anyone who wants to be a 1%er knows you end up in jail or an early grave. No pity

  6. Adios Says:

    I really hate to hear this. In all my dealings with John Portillo he was a straight up man. Respects to the Red and Gold

  7. freebird Says:


    The Final Solution to the biker club question

    No specific proof of guilt needed other than membership to take away life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

  8. Paladin Says:

    Anon’s comment reminds me of a case I worked where a motorcycle enthusiast found himself sitting at the government’s table, having to draw to an inside straight. That day, the moon and stars aligned and our motorcycle enthusiast walked free.

    As we left the courthouse, our client turned to me and exclaimed, “We beat those fuckers!” I replied, “No; you won the hand you played. You beat no one.” He looked at me and asked, “What are you talking about?” It was then that I told him the following story:

    A salesman was traveling a country road when he happened upon a farmer in the front yard of his home. The farmer was slowly walking around a huge apple tree with a pig under each arm, allowing the pigs to eat the apples off the tree.

    After watching this for a few minutes, the thoughtful salesman said to the farmer, “If you were to shake the tree, the apples would fall to the ground. Then, the pigs could eat the apples whenever they wanted. It would save a lot of time.” The farmer looked at the salesman, smiled then said, “Shit son, time don’t mean nothin’ to the pigs.”

    The point of the story is this: The government doesn’t have to save time, they have all the time in the world If the government doesn’t trap someone today, they’ll trap someone tomorrow. “Time don’t mean nothin’ to the pigs.” Pike and Portillo like many others will never be free again. The stakes in this game are high, and the buy in? Your life. The only way to truly beat the house is to know when to walk away


  9. Bone Head Says:

    No hard evidence…government witnesses proved to be lying (probably coached by prosecutors)…makes one believe that there was intimidation of the jury members. Another explanation is mainstream American citizens are a bunch of dumbasses.

  10. Anon Says:

    John: You got screwed, screwed, screwed, screwed, screwed, and screwed. All because you cared enough about your club to fill a slot on National.

    Thank you brain dead,bored, pinhead juries that believe the pablum the Federal Government and Kurt Sutter feeds them.

    Thanks to the idiots who wrote the sentencing guidelines.

    Now you people reading this:

    Just think about what you’re doing when you before you read Rebel’s post and what you’re going to do afterwards. John isn’t doing that and won’t ever get to do that again- John won’t ever be able to do that again. Ever.

  11. Paladin Says:



  12. Griz's Gal Says:

    It has been done. Two life sentences and 20 years.


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