News Item: Two ex-Hells Angels members sentenced
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Posted by MJF
Thursday 08 June 2006 - 11:15:32

The Peoria Journal Star
Thursday, June 8, 2006

PEORIA - Two members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club were sentenced to federal prison Wednesday for racketeering charges stemming from a decades-long conspiracy involving violence, intimidation and drug sales.

Both David G. "Pulley" Ohlendorf, 40, of New Lenox and Richard A. Abrams, 41, of Rockford had entered into negotiated plea agreements earlier this year with federal prosecutors that capped their prison sentences at 46 months and 36 months, respectively.

Such agreements are rare in U.S. District Court, where a person's sentencing range is often determined after an investigation by the U.S. Probation Office. The deal knocked about four years off Abrams' potential sentence. Ohlendorf's plea knocked about two years off his potential sentence.

Each will get credit for slightly more than year in custody.

Both men admitted in February they took part in different incidents where they took, by force, the motorcycle and club-related clothing of former and prospective members. Abrams, who held positions in the Spring Valley and Rockford chapters, admitted he dealt small amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine over nearly a decade.

Ohlendorf, the one-time leader of the Spring Valley chapter, admitted he threatened two people who were to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the gang. One of the people, a woman, was later attacked by another biker's girlfriend, he said.

Mihm ordered both to pay $3,000 fines and to have no participation with the Hells Angels; a situation that likely wouldn't occur as both men were kicked out of the gang after they pleaded guilty.

Two others were also indicted with Ohlendorf and Abrams. Melvin "Road" Chancey, 38, of suburban Chicago, and the former head of the Chicago chapter, pleaded guilty in January and awaits sentencing.

The last member, James "J.W." White, 50, also pleaded guilty in February under a similar agreement as Ohlendorf and Abrams but was allowed last week to withdraw his guilty plea. White, the former president of the Rockford chapter, will appear in court this morning and a trial date could be set.

Andy Kravetz can be reached at 686-3283 or akravetz©

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