News Item: Rockford man among 2 Hells Angels sentenced
(Category: Biker News)
Posted by MJF
Thursday 08 June 2006 - 11:26:27

By Jan Dennis

PEORIA — A Rockford man who helped lead two Hells Angels motorcycle club chapters was

Under plea agreements, 41-year-old Richard Abrams of Rockford was handed a 36-month term. Also sentenced was David Ohlendorf, 40, of New Lenox, who received 46 months in prison.

The pair faced federal racketeering charges that allege a decade-long conspiracy of violence and intimidation to protect turf for drug sales.

In exchange for their pleas, prosecutors dropped federal drug distribution conspiracy charges against the men and capped prison terms that could have added years to their sentences.

Ohlendorf, who headed the motorcycle club’s Spring Valley chapter, and Abrams, who held leadership roles in the Spring Valley and Rockford chapters, were among four Hells Angels leaders charged last year after a four-year federal investigation.

Prosecutors allege that the men were behind shootings, beatings and threats against rival gang members and others to clear the way for drug deals from Chicago and Rockford to Peoria. The conspiracy protected sales of cocaine and methamphetamine with a street value of $624,000 from 1993 through 2002, prosecutors said.

The men also were fined $3,000 each and they were ordered not to associate with the Hells Angels or other motorcycle gangs when their prison terms end.

Melvin Chancey, 38, of Alsip, former president of Chicago’s Hells Angels chapter, pleaded guilty in January to federal racketeering and drug charges stemming from the investigation. No sentencing date has been set.

James White, 50, of Belvidere, also pleaded guilty but withdrew the plea last month. Prosecutors say White, who was president of the motorcycle club’s Rockford chapter, likely will stand trial later this year.

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