The consequences of an unfortunately brutal beating in the Slovak Club in Charleroi, Pennsylvania south of Pittsburgh last April 18 continue.
A group of six Pagans named Corey Volk, Paul Cochran, John Sadvary Jr., Matthew Vasquez, Josh Pagliei and Jason Huff attacked former Pagan Troy Harris. The beating lasted about a minute and Harris suffered two broken eye sockets, a broken nose and a stroke.
Harris was a member pf a club called Sutars Soldiers. According to published reports, the assailants shouted “fuck Sutars Soldiers” when they attacked Harris. During a preliminary hearing, one of the defendants described Harris as a “rat.”
Sutars Soldiers was founded by former Pagans president Dennis Andrew “Rooster” Katona. Katona was arrested for drug trafficking in 2011 which began a series of misfortunes for him. His drug conviction was overturned late in 2016 but he was expelled from the Pagans in 2014 and started Sutars Soldiers that same year. Sutar is a fire giant in Norse mythology. It is the totem Pagas wear on their riding vests. Katona appropriated the symbol for his new club and friendly relationships between the two clubs have always been strained. The current president of the Pagans Motorcycle club is Keith “Conan” Richter.
Harris appears to have been armed. His gun fell out of his clothes at the hospital. Prosecutors have said they have no reason to believe he possessed the gun before he was beaten unconscious. The gun turned out to have been stolen and Harris was charged the day after his beating with receiving stolen property and carrying a firearm without a license.
After the initial six defendants were charged, Matthew Vasquez fiancé, Jamie Granato, was accused of conspiring to attack Harris. She chose to cooperate with prosecutors.
Michael Thomas “Montana” Barringer, Paul Anthony Cochran and a retired state police sergeant named , James “Bear” Baranowski have also been charged in connection with the assault. Baranowski is accused of acting as an intermediary to offer money to Harris for declining to testify against his assailants.
Reportedly, Cochrant told investigators that Barringer reportedly ordered the attack on Harris. Barringer pleaded guilty to the charges against him and has been sentenced to serve four to eight years in state prison. Sadvary pled guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury last week and he will also serve four to eight years.
Huff, Vasquez and Olinsky, have been incarcerated since their arrests las August.